Irish director Lenny Abrahamson to helm WWI drama

Lenny Abrahamson is following up the massive success of Room with a couple of new projects, including a drama set during World War 1

We've all known about Lenny Abrahamson for a good long while in Ireland, with the likes of Adam and Paul and Garage as his first major efforts and What Richard Did starting to put him onto a world stage. Frank upped that profile still further before Room put it into the stratosphere.

In the wake of Oscar nomations, and a win for Brie Larson, it's likely that the filmmaker has had more offers than ever, and he's choosing to go back to World War 1. A book called The Grand Escape by Neal Bascomb has been optioned by Film4 and Element Pictures with Abrahamson in the frame to direct. It's the tale of a trio of pilots who are caught behind enemy lines during World War 1 and end up in a prisoner of war camp. Then they plot an escape that's grand or something.

The book hasn't even been released yet and Abrahamson also has another film called A Man's World in the works, about the boxer Emile Griffith so there's a chance The Grand Escape won't appear for a couple of years yet. One thing is certain, this filmmaker will be getting a lot more attention for his work in the future.

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