Element Pictures is run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Element Pictu... More announced today that they have acquired film rights to the Irish best-seller Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling, penned by long-time friends Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen. The debut, frequently hailed as Ireland’s answer to Bridget Jones, published in Ireland in September last year claimed the number-one bestselling adult fiction title in the country for 2017. The pair will also write the screenplay.
Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling tells the story of 28 year old Aisling who lives at home in Ballygobbard with her parents and commutes to her good job at PensionsPlus in Dublin. When a week in Tenerife with boyfriend John doesn’t end with the expected engagement, Aisling calls a halt to things and soon she has surprised herself and everyone else by agreeing to move into a three-bed in Portobello with stylish Sadhbh from HR and her friend, the mysterious Elaine.
We are so delighted to be working with Element Pictures to bring Aisling to the big screen. Imagine! Aisling on the big screen! We’ve known this character for ten years so to be given the opportunity to take her from the pages of our beloved book and transform her into a walking, talking, caring (and judging, let’s be honest) girl in front of a camera is beyond our wildest dreams. We can’t wait to start!
Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, Writers
Rory Gilmartin will produce along with Ed Guiney, with Chelsea Morgan Hoffmann heading up development for Element.
We couldn’t be more excited at the thought of working with Emer & Sarah to bring Aisling into cinemas. The huge success of this debut book is testament to the strength of their writing – so funny and yet so full of heart.
Rory Gilmartin, Producer – Element Pictures
The deal was brokered by Luke Speed at Curtis Brown Group on behalf of Sheila Crowley & Abbie Greaves of Curtis Brown Group, and Mark Byrne for Element Pictures.