John Patrick Shanley’s play Outside Mullingar is getting a film adaptation!
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John Patrick Shanley, playwright, screenwriter, and director, has been awarded over the years across several different mediums. His film 1987 film Moonstruck won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and his 2004 play, Doubt: A Parable, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play.
Then came his 2014 play Outside Mullingar then proved to his best yet. The premise is that two farmers, Anthony and Rosemary, live next door to each other. Rosemary is head over heels for Anthony, but Anthony is unaware of this and he tries to escape his dull existence.
It’s a love story, essentially.
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The play received considerable praise. The New York Times said that “Outside Mullingar… represents Mr. Shanley’s finest work since Doubt,” which is high praise considering Doubt: A Parable won a Pulitzer. USA Today even wrote that “…there are flecks of wisdom in his sweetly diverting study”.
If I got half that praise for something I’d wrote I’d consider myself successful.
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Now Deadline has broke the news that the play is getting a film adaptation. “Who is the director?” I hear you asking. Well it’s none other than John Shanley himself.
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This won’t be the first time Shanley has adapted a play of his. Famously, he adapted Doubt: A Parable into a film renamed Doubt which stared acting giants Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, which garnered five Oscar nominations.
Outside Mullingar will also be receiving a name change, possibly because as I type this article I have to constantly check for the correct spelling of ‘Mullingar’.
The film version will simply be titled Wild Mountain Thyme.
There has also been major casting news announced: Jamie Dornan and Holliday Grainger has been cast in the lead roles as Anthony and Rosemary.
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Jamie Dornan showed off his acting chops in A Private War…
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…while Holliday Grainger proved to be powerhouse in the film version of Emma Jane Unworth’s Animals.
Filming for the Ireland-set film will begin in Ireland and New York this summer. If you’re from those two places, maybe you’ll get a chance to see these star-crossed lovers…
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