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Jean McConville story to be made into TV mini-series

The 1972 murder of west Belfast mother-of-10, Jean McConville is to be made into a tv mini-series
Marie Louise McConville

The 1972 murder of a west Belfast mother-of-10 is to be made into a TV mini-series.

The producers of American Crime Story, who made the dramas `The People v OJ Simpson' and `The Assassination Of Gianni Versace', are to turn their attention to the Troubles and in particular the murder of Jean McConville.

The 38-year-old widow was taken from her home and murdered by the IRA after she was wrongly accused of being a British informer.

Her remains were found in Co Louth in 2003.

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It has been reported that the team behind the project have optioned a book, `Say Nothing: A True Story Of Murder And Memory in Northern Ireland' by Patrick Radden Keefe.

Producers Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson will develop the book as a limited series along with author Keefe.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a search for a writer who can adapt the book into a TV series is under way.

Simpson and Jacobson told the magazine: "We're always on the lookout for a literary page-turner, and when we started Patrick's book we couldn't put it down".

Simpson added: "On some level, it's a crime thriller, an espionage thriller, but it's also about something more deep and resonant."

He said the book was "more relevant now that the world has turned to talking about what's happening in Ireland with Brexit, and will the troubles start again?"

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