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Monday 5 December 2016

I'm doing the American version of Love/Hate, says Wire writer Dennis Lehane

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Dennis Lehane with Stuart Carolan at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin
Dennis Lehane with Stuart Carolan at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin

THE US version of RTE series Love/Hate has yet to get the 'green light' but a writer on The Wire said that he's already penning a draft.

Best-selling author Dennis Lehane has revealed that he is doing the entire version for US audiences.

"The new version of the show is set in a gritty part of Hawaii that tourists are simply unaware of," the Irish-American author said.

"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."

The Boston native, who is the youngest of five children, has a strong Irish-American background, with both his parents coming from Ireland.

He was a special guest at the Irish Writers' Centre in Dublin at a function also attended by US 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.

A key part of Lehane's popularity is a growing international reputation for gritty crime writing.

He has also written for various television shows, including The Wire.

The event was also attended by Love/Hate writer and creator Stuart Carolan, who shot down suggestions that a sixth series of the hugely-popular drama is definitely on the cards.

He said the intensity of finishing the last season left him feeling like he had been "kicked in the chest by a horse".

Hurry

RTE have suggested another series is being considered, although it will not hit our television screens this year.

However, Mr Carolan said he's in "no hurry" to return to work on the drama.

Asked if a sixth series is planned, he said: "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."

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