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Liam Neeson to produce film about real-life IRA sniper


Story by Jack Foley

LIAM Neeson is to co-produce a film that is said to be inspired by a real-life IRA terrorist.

A Mad and Wonderful Thing, based on the novel of the same name, is described as a romantic thriller that’s narrated by a young IRA sniper.

The book was written by Mark Mulholland, who is said to have been inspired by his younger brother, Darren, who was 20-years-old when he was sentenced to 22 years in prison for conspiring to plant bombs in London.

Darren Mulholland was one of three Real IRA members arrested in 1998 after their attempts to sabotage the Good Friday agreement were uncovered.

The book, A Mad and Wonderful Thing, was subsequently published in 2014 and immediately came to Neeson’s attention.

The actor has described it as “deeply satisfying and moving”.

And he explained that he felt “sufficient time” had passed since the Good Friday agreement to “at last have a novel that goes inside the head of one of the Troubles’s protagonists”.

He hoped that the film version – like the book – would enable viewers “to hear the pros and cons of the conflict told in an original and exciting way”.

It has not yet been revealed whether Neeson intends to star in the film.

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