Variety, the Irish Film Television Network, and a ton o’ blogs are reporting that Parallel Films has green-lighted the long-awaited project At Swim-Two-Birds, based on the book by Flann O’Brien, as well as a new vehicle for Liam Neeson.
Variety [this article is no longer available]:
First up is an adaptation of Irish author Flann O’Brien’s seminal metaphysical novel “At Swim-Two-Birds.” Irish thesp Brendan Gleeson will make his directorial debut with the pic, a coming-of-age tale about a 19-year-old student who sees the fictional characters in the play he’s writing intertwining with the people in his life. Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy and Gabriel Byrne have all boarded the $11 million project. Gleeson adapted the book for the screen and will also co-star.
The film is in “the money hunt” stage and filming has not yet been scheduled.
We probably have time to read the book, folks, so let’s get cracking!
UPDATE: Cake Man over at the Screenwriters League has this to say:
The idea isn’t what caught me about this (though it is vaguely similar to something that a Leaguer was working on). No, what I’m most interested in is the cast. Not only is Brendan Gleeson near the top of my list of actors I want to work with (alone, Gleeson as writer, director, and star will get me in), but with Farrell, Cillian Murphy (another one I’d love to collaborate with), and Gabriel Byrne all also attached, it’s a virtual who’s who of Irish actors. Add Liam Neeson, and it might be overload.
I’m certainly going to keep a close eye on this one. It’s proof for me what a great cast [can] do to attract people to an idea that might not at first be wholly riveting.
I’d rather collaborate with Mr. Byrne myself, but Cake Man is right. This is a difficult book. The cast can bring a lot of people to the project who might otherwise have been cold to the idea. I’m off to buy my copy now!
UPDATE: Discussion of the book will take place in the Forums. Join up and come on over for some lively talk! smile