Lenny Abrahamson enters Room
by Naman Ramanchandran
- Acclaimed Irish director will adapt Emma Donoghue’s bestseller for the screen, with Element Pictures producing
Lenny Abrahamson (photo - What Richard Did [+see also:
film profile]) will direct the film version of Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue’s bestseller Room. Donoghue is adapting her book into a screenplay and Ed Guiney (The Guard [+see also:
interview: John Michael McDonagh
film profile]) of Element Pictures will produce. Room tells the story of Jack, a five-year-old growing up somewhere in America in an 11-by-11-foot shed he believes to be the whole world. Shortlisted for the Man Booker, Orange and Commonwealth Prizes, Room has sold two and half million copies in English and been published in thirty-five other languages.
Abrahamson, currently in post on his feature Frank, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender, said, “Room is an extraordinary novel - deeply original, harrowing, full of moments of almost unbearable tension, but also - and this is what is so special about it - profoundly life-affirming. From the moment I read it I wanted to make it for the screen and so I am truly delighted to be working with Emma on the film adaptation.”
Donoghue said, “It wasn’t just Lenny’s award-winning, impeccably honest films that won me over, but a ten-page letter he sent me, describing with passionate intelligence his vision of how to translate my novel into cinema. As an Irish company with strong international relationships, Element has a track record of combining artistic integrity and commercial appeal, which gives me confidence that Room is going to be something very special.”
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