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28-11-00 news EXCLUSIVE
Neil Jordan turns novelist...

The Irish film director Neil Jordan (Interview with a Vampire and Michael Collins) has quit movie making temporarily to become a novelist. Speaking to ShowBizIreland.com last night in Dublin the director said he was currently in the middle of his first novel. At the moment I have a number of movie ideas I am looking at making. But, currently Im writing a novel. I have no plans at the moment for my next film but there is a lot of actors Id like to work with.


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The director also crushed any rumours of a sequel or prequel to his hit Interview with a Vampire which starred Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. No there are no plans at present, he told ShowBizIreland.com.

The director was speaking last night as he launched a book called Donal McCann Remembered a tribute to the late Irish actor Donal McCann who died last year.

McCann last starred in The Nephew with 007 star Pierce Brosnan who's a partner in his Production Company Irish Dreamtime (the makers of The Thomas Crown Affair). Beau St Claire was the late actors partner.

When McCann died Brosnan paid a tribute to the actor by telling ShowBizIreland.com that Donal was a Knight of Ireland.

McCann also starred alongside Angelica Huston in her father Johns last film The Dead.

Neil Jordan told of working with Donal on two films The Miracle and Angel and said of the actor that he was a better actor then Tom Cruise. The director also said it was a heavenly situation that Donal did not make it to Hollywood. It was some sort of heavenly glitch that stopped him from becoming a major Hollywood icon in the 60s and 70s.

Also at the launch to pay their respects to McCann were Star Trex actor Colm Meaney plus a host of Irish actors and VIPs.

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