Jordan to direct ‘Skippy Dies’

Number 9, Littlewave produce dark comedy

Neil Jordan will direct an adaptation of author Paul Murray’s “Skippy Dies.”

The helmer will also pen the script, while Number 9 Films’ Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen will produce along with James Flynn of Littlewave Film Prods.

Story, set in a public school in Ireland, follows the adventures of unlikely roommates — Ruprecht, a math genius, and Skippy, who is being abused by the gym teacher. When Skippy unexpectedly dies, Ruprecht performs a slew of wacky science experiments in an attempt to reach his friend beyond the grave.

The dark comedy reunites Woolley, Karlsen and Jordan, who collaborated on the “The Crying Game.” Woolley and Jordan have worked on a number of projects together, including “Breakfast on Pluto,” “The Butcher Boy” and “Mona Lisa.”

Recent credits from Number 9 Films include Sally Hawkins starrer “Made in Dagenham,” which will world preem at Toronto in September, and “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,” starring Kirsten Dunst and Simon Pegg.

Flynn recently worked with Jordan on “Ondine” and TV series “The Borgias,” starring Jeremy Irons.

Murray is repped by Rob Kraitt at A.P. Watt.

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