Irish Director to Develop ‘The Selfish Giant’

Oscar Wilde’s beloved children’s short story, The Selfish Giant will commence feature film development with next Door Neighbor Productions and development finance from the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann.

The adaptation will be a mixture of 3D live action, motion capture and animation, and will be directed by Irish filmmaker and artist Catherine Owens.

Catherine Owens was co-director of the first live-action digital 3D film, U23D, which was released to universal public and critical acclaim in 2008. Owens will bring her knowledge of the 3D format to the cinematic treatment of the story.

The filmmaker has received interest in the project from several studios with whom she has strong relationships, and is currently planning the story development phase, which will take place early next year, with the assistance of the development finance from the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann.

In April 2010 Owens travelled to India to make a 3D documentary about Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering in the world that takes place once every 12 years; this project is currently in post-production and is being produced in New York by Rabbit Content.

Owens commented, ‘I’m delighted to have been awarded development funding from the Irish Film Board for this project, which I have nurtured for quite some time now, and intend to treat with great care during the development and production process. As a much-loved piece of work from one of Ireland’s greatest writers, I will adapt the story appropriately for cinematic treatment, with the added addition of carefully crafted digital 3D production values to enhance the universal themes of the story. With significant experience in the 3D process, I am confident that given time to develop the story and screenplay The Selfish Giant will be a must-see cinema event for all those who love Oscar Wilde’ s fiction, and will also open up his work to a whole new audience.’

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