Best-selling Irish American author Dennis Lehane has revealed that he is working on a U.S. version of RTE series Love/Hate.

While the show has yet to get the green light, The Wire writer says he’s already working on a draft.

"The new version of the show is set in a gritty part of Hawaii that tourists are simply unaware of," the Boston native told the Irish Independent.

"I'm doing the entire Americanisation of Love/Hate but it hasn't got the green light yet.

"I've written the pilot but we will have to see what happens.

"It will either get the go-ahead - or it will be dead within in the next few months."

Lehane was a special guest at the Irish Writers' Centre in Dublin at an event also attended by U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O'Malley.

"I love it here. My Irish roots have definitely influenced my writing. I'm from a storytelling, musical, poetic tradition," he said.

Love/Hate writer and creator Stuart Carolan also attended the event and shot down suggestions that a sixth series for the drama is planned. 

He said he was in “no hurry” to return to work on the popular series.

"I don't know. I've no energy for it at the moment.

"I'm out of steam. It's a big, big thing to go back into.

"I've been taking it easy. I'm in no rush to go back to working a seven-day week.

"It was six years in total. It was like running a marathon. You don't just finish one and say and I'm going to start the next one.

"We kind of limped towards the end of the last one. It was intense and took a lot out of me. I want to be lazy for a bit.

"We had fights on set, normal sort of stuff, but we all became friends. It was a six years in total. The team were great - but I wrote everything."