Dublin director Lenny Abrahamson is to direct the film adaptation of the best-selling novel Room by Emma Donoghue, which was nominated for the Man Booker prize.
Donoghue, also from Dublin but now living in Canada, has also written the script for the film.
She said that Abrahamson sent her a ten-page letter before he was chosen to direct the film, describing in detail how he envisaged adapting the story for the big screen, which convinced her he was the man for the job.
The book, which has sold more than two and a half million copies, tells the story of 5 year old Jack, a boy growing up in a small shed – which he believes is his entire world – with his mother, who has not told him the truth about why they are really being held there.
Abrahamson, who directed What Richard Did, Adam & Paul and Garage, said it was an extraordinary novel: “Deeply original, harrowing, full of moments of almost unbearable tension, but also – and this is what is so special about it – profoundly life-affirming”.
The director is currently finishing off his film Frank, which stars Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson. Production on Room is expected to start in a few months.