It's been quiet as a mouse on the production front of Brendon Gleeson's planned directorial debut in an adaptation of Flann O' Brien's "At Swim-Two-Birds" so, subsequently, we had all but assumed the project had tragically fallen through the cracks like so many others. Actor Cillian Murphy, however, has now provided an update on the film affirming that it's definitely on track and readying to get in front cameras in the near future.
“I spoke to Brendan during the year and he’s in the process of raising money,” Murphy told IrishCentral. “I think there’s a huge amount of goodwill toward the film and all of the actors are very much attached and engaged in it... It’s a tough time for independent films like this but I feel that it will get made. Brendan is so passionate about it and the script is in such great shape that I feel like it’s gonna happen."
Murphy later revealed to Collider that they'll "shoot that this year hopefully" while an earlier, separate report from IrishCentral reports that it'll start shooting next summer with a cast that is already being touted as the "Pat Pack." Whenever it ultimately shoots, it's great to hear that the project is still alive and kicking.
"At Swim-Two-Birds" centers on the idea of fictional characters rebelling against their creator and follows a university student as he writes a novel behind closed doors that seemingly intertwines with characters in his own life. A closer look at the novel's plot reveals a very complex, meta-fictional tale that would seemingly be impossible to summarize, but it has been described as "a collision between Ireland's literary, heroic past and its grimy, mundane present."
The adaptation has an all-star, all-Irish cast including Colin Farrell, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Gabriel Byrne attached to star along with Gleeson's son, actor Domhall Gleeson who was recently added. We hope Michael Fassbender, who's already rumored on IMDB, will find his way on this somehow too.