Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Finola Dwyer Shopping Brooklyn TV Spinoff

Finola Dwyer. (Photo: Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Finola Dwyer. (Photo: Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

By Tom Deignan, Contributor
October / November 2016

Meanwhile, Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn will likely have a second life on the small screen.

Finola Dwyer – the New Zealand-born producer who guided Brooklyn to the big screen – has confirmed that she is in talks with the BBC to spin off various characters from Brooklyn as the basis for a television drama. The show would “revolve around the boarding house for young women run in the film by Julie Walter’s character, Mrs. Keogh, and feature the same group of Irish, English, and American girls,” Screendaily.com reported. Dwyer told the entertainment web site, “I suggested the idea to Colm [Tóibín] quite early on, before there was even a first draft for the film…. We’re talking to writers now and have a couple in our sights.” There are currently no plans for Brooklyn’s big Irish stars Saoirse Ronan or Domhnall Gleeson to reprise their roles.

News of a Brooklyn TV show comes as Amazon is developing a series based on the Boston Irish gang flick The Departed. That film, directed by Martin Scorsese, starred Jack Nicholson as a Whitey Bulger-type Irish mobster who is all too close to law enforcement officials, even as he is still committing terrible crimes. ♦

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