Cecelia Ahern has revealed that Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank on is board for a new movie on her sequel to her blockbuster P.S. I Love You.
She told The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk today that a film is at the early stages of development for her new novel, Postscript.
Postscript revisits the main character in PS I Love You, Holly Kennedy, seven years after her husband’s death.
And the writer announced on the show that she has already been in contact with Hilary Swank, who starred in the original movie, which was a global hit when it was released in 2007.
She said: “It’s hot off the press today. Postscript is going to be a movie too which is very exciting."
She said Hilary Swank was in touch with her as soon as she heard she was writing a sequel to her first novel.
“Hilary Swank emailed me straight after the news emerged that I was writing Postscript," she said.
“She was so supportive and said ‘I’d love to read the book’ anything I can do I will which was so lovely of her. And she read it and instantly we were back in again, we all decided we definitely wanted to do this again.
“Hilary (Swank) is back and Alcon Films, who produced it. It’s really lovely to meet everyone again after so much time."
Cecelia Ahern told Pat Kenny it is still “really early stages”.
“We haven’t got a screen writer or director which we need but it's going to happen.”
In Postscript, Hilary Swank’s character is approached by a group calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club.
Inspired by hearing about her late husband Gerry's letters, the club wants Holly to help them with their own parting messages for their loved ones to discover after they're gone.
“She has moved on and has a new job and new boyfriend which is exactly where I want her to be because when this PS I Love You Club approach her it is really threatening her stable existence and bringing her back to a time where she feels very emotional and very unsettled.”
Of the reaction to P.S. I Love You, she said: “It was huge. Internationally it was absolutely massive. There is a PS I Love You tour in Ireland. I have never been on it, but I hear about it all the time. When I travel people tell me ‘I went to Ireland and did the PS I Love You tour. So, people go around all the destinations from the film locations."
Cecilian also said she is looking forward to the birth of her third child in a few weeks’ time.
She said: “This year I wrote my 18th novel so that will be ready for next year, so I’ll be able to take some time with my baby. I will be able to take half the year next year which is brilliant”
She said she is very disciplined as a writer.
“I’m contracted to write a novel a year. When you have that kind of schedule you have to make it work with your life. I begin a novel every January which is ready for May, I edit during the summer and I publish in the autumn. It probably sounds very uncreative, but it still is creative.”
She says she is still writing out her novels long-handed, saying she finds it "feels a lot more creative” that way.
"I definitely would write whether I had to or not. It's how I express myself and clear my mind. It makes me happy. It's my escapism," she said.