Producer Tristan Orpen Lynch said the film, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, was a fantastic children’s adventure based on a bestselling novel set in the 1830s.
It has been planned to shoot the movie in the US but after meeting with DeVito and his producers in LA, the Irish Film Board facilitated a location scout to visit this country last spring.
“We met again with Danny and Morgan in May last and are delighted they have now decided to bring this feature film to shoot entirely in Ireland next year,” Lynch said.
“This high level production will provide an excellent employment opportunity for Irish cast and crew.”
Tristan, who heads up Subotica Films, said they would be responsible for the setting up of the production and hoped to clear the way for a Section 481 tax incentive for the movie.
“It would be a huge benefit to the economy and there would be a lot of money coming into the country as a result.”
He said they had looked at locations in Dublin along with Ardmore Studios and Ashford Studios in Co Wicklow along with the Irish emigrant ship Jeanie Johnston at Dublin’s Customs House Quay, which may yet feature prominently in the film.
While on his visit, DeVito discovered he had relations in Dublin and Kilkee, Co Clare and may be delving further into this on his return here shortly.
Tristan said one of these was the DeVito family in O’Connell Street, Dublin, who run an amusement arcade in the capital.
The film is expected to require a cast of more than 40, most of whom will be Irish.