McDonagh to make new film set in Ireland

Oscar-winning director, Martin McDonagh, is set to make a return to the big screen with a new film about a friendship gone sour in Ireland.

McDonagh to make new film set in Ireland

Oscar-winning director, Martin McDonagh, is set to make a return to the big screen with a new film about a friendship gone sour in Ireland.

Three years after the release of his Oscar best picture nominee, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the writer has returned to Irish shores for the setting for his next movie.

Variety reports that his as-yet-untitled feature film will centre around a long-term friendship which falls apart.

The showbiz news company says a cast has yet to be finalised but that production is set to begin this year.

The movie will follows two lifelong pals on a remote Irish isle.

At an impasse, one abruptly ends the friendship, resulting in alarming consequences for both.

McDonagh will serve as writer and director and will produce along with Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin through their Blueprint Pictures, according to Variety.

Variety reveals that the award-winning playwright will also reunite with Disney’s Searchlight and the UK-based Film4 — the companies behind Three Billboards.

The playwright with the Midas touch is back in familiar territory with the Irish setting for his latest movie.

His first Oscar-wining short movie was Six Shooter, a black Irish comedy about a sad train journey where an older man, whose wife has died that morning, encounters a strange and possibly psychotic young oddball.

While his movie masterpiece, In Bruges, was mainly set in its eponymous Belgian city, it centred around two Irish hitmen characters played by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

His most recent film — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — was a drama about a grieving American mother who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter's unsolved rape and murder.

The drama won widespread critical acclaim with Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell picking up Oscars for their performances.

The award-winning playwright turned filmmaker recently dropped in to the Gaiety to watch rehearsals of his dark comedy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which has just opened a run in the Dublin theatre.

His play Hangmen is due to open on Broadway next month after winning rave reviews in the West End.

The talented producer, who holds both a British and Irish passport, was born in 1970 in London to a Sligo mother and a Galway father and stayed behind in Britain when the family returned here when he was aged 22.

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