The 2002 film In America earned writer-director Jim Sheridan an Oscar nomination for his script, which he co-wrote with his daughters Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan. The film was inspired by Sheridan’s own family. Now Sheridan will now be able to pull even more from his own experiences, as the film will be turned into a series at HBO.
As Deadline first reported, Sheridan and his daughters have signed on to adapt the film—and their lives—into an HBO series being produced by Fox TV Studios. The Sheridan trio will all serve as executive producers on the project, though how closely the show will stick to the film’s premise and characters is unknown at the time.
The original film told the story of an Irish immigrant family who moved into Hell’s Kitchen in New York to make a new life for themselves. There, they dealt with the lives of their neighbors, including drug addicts, transvestites, and Djimon Hounsou’s artistic recluse Mateo. In America also earned Samantha Morton a Best Actress Oscar nomination as well as a nomination for Hounsou for Best Supporting Actor.