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Major film producer eyes screen version of Derry books

Des Doherty, left, with Garbhan Downey and Jenni Doherty, Guildhall Press, at the launch of Valberg, which has caught the interest of film producer Andrew Eaton'. (0207PG07)

Des Doherty, left, with Garbhan Downey and Jenni Doherty, Guildhall Press, at the launch of Valberg, which has caught the interest of film producer Andrew Eaton'. (0207PG07)

  • by Ellen Barr
 

A crime novel written by prominent Derry solicitor Des Doherty, has caught the attention of a major film producer.

Andrew Eaton, the award winning producer behind a number of critically acclaimed films including the 2013 released ‘Rush’ has given a major indication that he wants to work on getting the Valberg books onto the screen.

Mr. Eaton who was born in Derry, yesterday issued a statement to coincide with the release of the second book in the Valberg trilogy ‘Sins of the Father’ which was launched last night at the Tower Hotel by Guildhall Press, Expressing an interest in the books he said: “I am a huge fan of crime novels, and to discover two brilliant ones that are set in Derry, full of places and references I know, is a dream come true. It would be very exciting to see Valberg come to life on screen and to work with Des on such an exciting project.”

The London based producer has previously worked with Hollywood A-Listers Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie on the movie ‘A Mighty Heart’ and has also worked alongside legendary Hollywood director Ron Howard.

However local author Des Doherty has said that Derry isn’t in line for an influx of Hollywood stars just yet, although he admitted he was “delighted” with the endorsement from Mr. Eaton.

Des told the Journal: “It was actually another Derry man, Bafta winning cameraman Mark McCauley, who gave a copy of my book to Andrew.

Andrew then made contact with us earlier this year and he was very excited about the book. We had a number of meetings and then we arranged to speak in London. I was really taken aback by his enthusiasm about the book, and he particularly liked the concept of a book based and set in Derry.

“He seemed to feel that it’s something for the screen and that it could be done on the scale he envisages.

I think his strength and will power in terms of making projects happen is second to none and he’s so highly respected in the industry. It’s a fantastic endorsement for the book.”

The Derry solicitor emphasisied that plans in relation to a screen adaptation of his novels were at the earliest stages of development.

“When it comes to the books, they have to stand alone and whether Valberg goes to film or tv it’s then in the hands of the people who know how to do that best.”

Sins of the Father is now available via Guildhall Press

 
 
 

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