Irish Eye on Hollywood: Derry Girls the Movie?

Lisa McGee, creator of Derry Girls.

By Tom Deignan, Columnist
March / April 2020

One of the heartwarming success stories of the streaming entertainment era is that of Lisa McGee, a Northern Ireland-born screenwriter whose success in Ireland and the U.K. would not likely have translated so well to the U.S. if not for Netflix. That’s where McGee’s unlikely comedy-drama Derry Girls found a home, along with legions of adoring fans who have embraced Erin, Orla, Michelle, and Clare as they stumble through their awkward teenage years, just as 1990s Northern Ireland stumbles through the late days of the Troubles.

Now there is word that Derry Girls might be made into a movie.

The Irish Post newspaper quoted McGee as saying: “That’s definitely something we’re talking about and something I’d like to explore. It’s just if the story is right. So, it’s about me figuring all that out at some point!”

Which is a long way of saying…there might be a movie. We do know there will be a third season of Derry Girls, though the official release date is not yet set. In season three, McGee added: “There’s definitely a very personal journey that (the characters) go on, as well as a political one. It’s an exciting time for them as they’re just on the cusp of adulthood.” McGee also said: “In every episode, we have a new big guest star come in.”

For now, if you have yet to catch Derry Girls, check it out on Netflix. Also this year, Galway-born Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan (Clare) will appear in Bridgerton, a Netflix historical drama about a British family, whose producers include hit-maker Shonda Rhimes (of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder fame). And speaking of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy: season 12, now airing, introduces a possible new love interest for Meredith in Dr. Hayes, played by Irish actor Richard Flood, who is best known in the U.S. for his role in Showtime’s popular series, Shameless. ♦

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