Poor Aisling will be shook after this.
Ireland's most beloved literary character of the last year is getting her own movie.
Element Pictures has today announced that they have acquired the film rights to best-selling book Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling, the first novel written by long-time friends Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen. (Read our interview with them here.)
The character was originally based on a Facebook group set up by the pair (which is still going) with the book following the antics of 28-year-old Aisling from the fictional country town of Ballygobbard.
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.
Emer and Sarah, who are also onboard to write the screenplay, commented that: "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!"
Element Pictures producer Rory Gilmartin is just as delighted to be working on the project: "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 is set to produce along with Ed Guiney, with Chelsea Morgan Hoffmann heading up development for Element.
And look, none other than the Taoiseach himself approves.
Read this book over the summer. Delighted to see it being made into a film. Well done to authors @emermclysaght and @SarahJayBee. But who will play Aisling??
Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling to be made into film (via @thejournal_ie) https://t.co/zls7WMqR1p
— Leo Varadkar (@campaignforleo) February 26, 2018
Great day for the parish.