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Collins to direct ‘Dark’

Ronan Bennett adapts from Seamus Deane's novel

GALWAY — Northern Irish helmer Tom Collins will produce and direct a feature adaptation of Seamus Deane’s tome “Reading in the Dark.”

Script has already been penned by “Public Enemies” scribe Ronan Bennett.

The E10 million ($12.5 million) pic will be produced by Future Films U.K. and Gaby Froese through EMG Media Ireland. Other funders are Northern Ireland Screen and the Media Program.

The thriller is a coming-of-age story of a young, working-class boy growing up in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1947. As he grows to adolescence, he begins to unravel the mystery surrounding his family’s past and discovers a slew of secrets, lies and betrayals.

Pic has yet to be cast.

Collins helmed 2007 pic “Kings,” starring Colm Meaney, which won four Irish Film and Television Academy awards, including best supporting actor for Brendan Conroy. Pic was also Ireland’s official entry into the 2008 Academy Awards.

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