Two John Banville works to be adapted for TV in the coming months

A film adaptation of John Banville’s 2005 Booker prize-winning novel, The Sea, is scheduled to begin shooting in Wexford in late September featuring cast include Ciaran Hinds, Sinead Cusack, Charlotte Rampling and Rufus Sewell.

In the novel The Sea, Max Morden, a widowed art historian, returns to Miss Vavasour’s boarding-house at the fictional Rossmore (Rosslare) where, on the brink of adolescence, he spent a memorable summer, with two friends, a brother and sister. Now, he has come to this sea-side place in order to deal with the death of his wife from cancer.

John Banville also co-wrote the screen-play to the film,  Albert Nobbs with Glenn Close which received three nominations in the 2011 Academy Awards and also wrote the screen adaptation of Elizabeth Bowen’s novel The Last September (1999).

The sea will be directed by Stephen Brown and will be co-produced by Luc Roeg’s London-based Independent Film Co and David Collin’s Samson Films. Brian Willis will line producer (The Boy in the Bubble) Irish technical crew attached to the project include production designer: Derek Wallace (Good Vibrations) and construction manager Colm Bassett

The feature is being produced for broadcast on RTÉ and has been offered €350,000 under the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision II scheme. According to the BAI, this equates to 13 per cent of the project’s overall budget (in the region of €2.6 million)

A second project involving novelist John Banville is being adapted for TV based on the series of novels by Benjamin Black (a pseudonym of John Banville)

The BBC One project has been adapted by screenwriters Andrew Davis and Conor McPherson. Gabriel Byrne has been cast to play the leading role of the chief pathologist in a Dublin city morgue in the 1950s; as he investigates a series of mysterious murders, he is forced to examine his own past after he realises his own life is more closely linked to his investigations that he could have imagined.

The series of 3 x 90-minutes will film in Dublin later this year is a co-production with executive producer Jessica Pope for the BBC, producer Ed Guiney for Element Pictures and Joan Egan for Tyrone Productions. Lisa Osborne will producer for the BBC. John Alexander is down to direct the of first in the series ‘Christine Falls’

© Tom Dowling 2012 image by Tom Dowling

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  1. Oooh “The Sea” sounds really really good! As does of course “Quirke” Gabriel being in it and everything **FLAILS**….do you by any chance know anything if it will air on BBC America? I hope both “The Sea” and “Quirke” will air on BBC America and possibly PBS’ masterpiece theatre…that would be lovely! x

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