Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

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

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."

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

Spending time on your own will be rewarding. You're an extremely conscientious person who is hyperaware of your surroundings. Sometimes this sensitivity can inhibit you from doing what you really want. You're afraid of offending people with your bold ideas. Instead of repressing your instincts, obey them. If you've developed a romantic interest in someone special, make your move. Playing the aggressor will boost your confidence. Keep your conversations light and playful.More