Martin McDonagh, whose play Hangmen is currently in London’s West End, would not say what exactly he has in mind for the two stars but revealed he has plans to make a film set at the time of the Irish Civil War.
The playwright, who was also behind the film Seven Psychopaths, was talking about events in history that he would like to bring to the stage or big screen.
He told the Press Association: “There are a few things that I think could be exciting either filmically or dramatically about the Easter Rising, or the War of Independence or the Irish Civil War. In fact, I’ve just been kind of writing something about that.”
McDonagh said it is a film about “a couple of characters” who are completely distanced from the Civil War but it is set at that time, in the early 1920s. It could happen in the next year or so, he said. McDonagh would not say what actors would be appearing in it, but hinted that there will be Irish names in the cast.
He added: “At some point it would be lovely to get Colin and Brendan back together.”
Farrell and Gleeson played the lead roles in In Bruges, which was written and directed by McDonagh.
His current play Hangmen is a dark comedy starring David Morrissey who plays a hangman at the time hanging was abolished.
Fellow cast member Andy Nyman said of McDonagh: “He’s just extraordinary.”
Nyman, who plays the hangman’s assistant, said McDonagh’s notes are “so specific”, and he said Hangmen will appeal to people who are interested in comedy, thrillers, English history, and set design.