Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson has left the door open to a potential trilogy of adaptations of Sally Rooney’s acclaimed work.
Culminating at a special screening in Dublin of the new 12-part adaptation of her 2017 debut novel conversations with friendsAbrahamson ruled nothing out.
He and the Element Pictures team, including producer Ed Guiney, have been brought back for a second screening of Rooney’s work amid the global success of the lockdown sensation normal people.
When asked if she could complete the trilogy with her third book, beautiful world, where are youhe said his short-term priority is “to write something and take some time off and then work towards a film.”
“I think for Sally too – and I don’t know exactly – but I think she wants it to exist as a book in the world before she thinks about it being anything else. But I love her writing,” he said.
He also spoke about the importance of bringing back intimacy coach Ita O’Brien for the new miniseries, which has been majority funded by the BBC and Hulu in association with RTÉ.
He said what was “risky” about the old way of doing things was that a younger actor would automatically agree to something, not wanting to upset a more experienced director.
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“There’s always this concern, so I’ve been very hesitant to approach those scenes until now. What it means to have an intimacy coordinator is just a way of speaking. You just get past that. The actors have someone to talk to separately who really encourages them – like me and everyone else – to be really open, which might not be good for them.
“And with that confidence you can actually think about the scene. It’s like a dance choreography. We’re all about making pictures that we all work together on.
“The actors lend their bodies to make the molds. And when you think about it that way, it no longer becomes an uncomfortable, embarrassing pretense. It’s becoming more of a dignified thing where you’re all very respected and very listened to in that context.”
The red carpet was rolled out at the Lighthouse Cinema tonight for the special screening, which was attended by several cast and crew members.
The audience gave a huge round of applause after the first two episodes were shown, followed by a Q&A session moderated by author Edel Coffey.
The series will run for six weeks, showing two episodes every Wednesday night on RTÉ One, which debuts for Irish viewers on 20 May.
As normal peopleit stars relative newcomers in the lead roles, including Alison Oliver in the lead role of author Frances.
Sasha Lane stars as Frances’ ex-girlfriend Bobbi alongside married couple Nick (Joe Alwyn) and Melissa (Jemima Kirke).
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/lenny-abrahamson-leaves-door-open-for-tv-adaptation-of-sally-rooneys-third-book-41641078.html Lenny Abrahamson is leaving the door open for a TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s third book