In 1992 Jim Sheridan wrote and directed the movie “Into the West”, the story of two Dublin boys trying to escape poverty in the city and their adventures with a mystical horse called Tir na nOg. Now he is planning a remake set in the United States.
According to Screen Daily Sheridan plans to write and direct the movie and Tim Palmer who produced the original is also on board.
Currently there have been no announcements about the cast. The original movie started Gabriel Byrne, Brendan Gleeson and Ellen Barkin.
The project will be partially funded by the Irish Film Board with a $50,000 grant.
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The IMDB synopsis describes the plot of the movie as follows: “A gigantic white stallion appears mysteriously to a Traveller grandfather and his two grandsons in an Irish slum. Since, puzzlingly, the younger of the two boys is the only individual who can control the horse, ownership falls to him and his older brother by default. There being no place for the animal, they move him into the apartment of their alcoholic Traveller father. Police remove him and, in a shady deal, he ends up under control of a wealthy, underhanded horse breeder. The boys manage to retrieve him and escape on his back, but the stallion seems to have his own travelling agenda.”
Here’s the trailer for the 1992, Irish version of “Into the West”:
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