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Superhero film snapped up in US


Andy Serkis on the set of new film Death of a Superhero

Andy Serkis on the set of new film Death of a Superhero

Andy Serkis on the set of new film Death of a Superhero

The Irish film industry has been given a major boost with a home grown production going stateside.

Death of a Superhero, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, has been snapped by distribution companies in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Filmed on location in Dublin and Wicklow, the movie is based on the novel by internationally acclaimed author Anthony McCarten.

It tells the story of terminally ill teenager Donald Clarke, who escapes life to his illustrated comic adventures.

It has been sold to Tribeca Enterprises in the USA and Canada and Pasatiempo Pictures in Latin America.

The Irish Film Board said it was great to make a US sale, among others, in an incredibly competitive market for independent film.

"Growing international audiences for Irish films in a priority for the industry," said a spokeswoman.

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"The film board has had a number of successful films this year to date including The Guard and Knuckle which have both sold in the US and elsewhere."

Death of a Superhero was produced by Grand Pictures in Dublin and Bavaria Pictures in Germany and part funded by the Irish Film Board.

It is directed by Ian Fitzgibbon (Perrier's Bounty, A Film with me in it, Spin the Bottle) and stars Andy Serkis (The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Lord of the Rings) Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Nowhere Boy), Michael McElhatton (Intermission, Adam & Paul, I Went Down) and Sharon Horgan (Pulling).

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