Moone Boy star Chris O’Dowd wants to make a film version of the hit show before the young actors stars grow out of puberty.
The award-winning Boyle based comedy has won the hearts of viewers both here and across the pond and the writers are now on a race against time to start shooting a film.
Co-writer Nick Vincent Murphy confirmed that they are in talks about bringing Moone Boy to the silver screen.
“We feel that we want to end it in a big way and we are not sure how we want to do that,” he told the Irish Mirror.
Stars David Rawle, who plays Martin Moone is 13 and Ian O’Reilly who plays Padraic is 14.
“The boys are growing up so it’s a series with a short shelf-life. Ian’s voice has just broken. So you can’t have an imaginary friend forever, so this story is going to end and we’re figuring how to end it.’
He added: ‘Chris and I are writing two Moone Boy novels. It’s kind of a prequel, it’s really about how Martin Moone ended up with this imaginary friend.’
“There will be two for the moment, we will see how the Irish population like them.”
With Chris working on Broadway in the stage version of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men with James Franco Nick said the pair do a lot of writing by email.
“We just do a lot of writing by email, even when we were writing the first short film that Moone Boy grew out of, we did that by email.
He added: “We are very similar fellows and we both are from small-towns in Ireland and we like each other’s writing.
Moone Boy took home the IFTA awards for Best Entertainment TV programme and Best TV Director, which went to Ian Fitzgibbon.
“The talent behind Moone Boy is so extraordinary and has such depth…Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy did an amazing job on the scripts and Chris is in it which gives us star wattage, it’s all those things that make it unique and it is uniquely Irish,” said Fitzgibbon.
Meanwhile, actress Deirdre O’Kane who plays matriarch Debra Mooney, said she would be 100 per cent on board with a movie version.
“There is a great story there. It’s all down to Chris and Nick and if they want to do it, it would be fun.