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Thursday 3 September 2015

88 author Albert McAuley is latest to be courted for big screen

By David Whelan

Published 22/04/2014

Trilogy plan: Albert McAuley
Trilogy plan: Albert McAuley

A Hillsborough author could be the latest Northern Ireland sensation to capture the hearts of global audiences on the big screen.

Albert McAuley has been approached by a number of high-profile production companies to write a screenplay of his newly released hit book 88.

But as Northern Ireland rides on a wave of film and television success – with shows like Game of Thrones and Good Vibrations attracting a global audience – Albert says he is not rushing into any rash decisions.

"I can't believe how well my first book has been received and while seeing my work on the big screen would be a dream come true, I've always had in my head that this story was a trilogy," he said.

"I'm putting the finishing touches on the second instalment which will be out in May."

88 focuses on marine biologist Dr Eva Ballantine and her discovery that takes her into a dangerous world of multinational drug companies.

"Once I had the idea for a storyline I needed a location and why not Northern Ireland?" Albert said.

"It's a great location. As we can see from the sheer volume of successful books coming from Northern Ireland, this place is ideal for telling a great story."

Albert said that his book was maybe been a bit too familiar for some of his readers.

"I've been contacted by quite a few people asking me why I have written a book about them," he joked.

"You'd be surprised with what people associate with, there were researchers from Queen's University wanting to know where I got my information and a triathlete who firmly believed one of the characters was based on her, even though I'd never met her."

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