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Frank Marshall boards Mixed Bag Media's Irish stowaway adventure film Don’t Go Far
26 May 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Five-time Oscar-nominated producer Frank Marshall.
Five-time Oscar-nominated producer Frank Marshall (Indiana Jones, Signs) has boarded Mixed Bag Media’s project Don’t Go Far, which tells the amazing true story of two young Irish stowaways whose adventure captured the attention of the international media.

In 1985, two boys from Dublin, Keith Byrne aged 10 and Noel Murray aged 13, set out on a transatlantic adventure of a lifetime with far-fetched notions and little or no money. The close friends hopped on a DART to Dun Laoghaire, sneaked onto a ferry bound for Holyhead, took a train to Heathrow airport before eventually evading security to board an Air India flight destined for New York. Their only goal was to meet their hero, B.A. Baracus of the A-Team.

The Irish schoolboys made headlines around the world when then were intercepted by police outside JFK airport igniting an investigation that involved authorities across several continents.

Irish producer Garret Daly of Mixed Bag Media secured the rights to the story a number of years ago and has been working closely with Keith and Noel to develop the feature film ever since.

The project has now caught the attention of legendary Hollywood producer Frank Marshall at The Kennedy Marshall Company, who has joined forces with the Irish production team to bring this captivating true story to the big screen.

The Kennedy/Marshall Company has been nominated for five Academy Awards for producing the following films: War Horse, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Munich, Seabiscuit, and The Sixth Sense. In addition, the company was nominated for an Emmy Award for the HBO film The Special Relationship. In November 2018, Kennedy and Marshall received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award; an honor presented to creative producers “whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production”.

“We're delighted to be working to develop Don’t Go Far into a feature film,” said Marshall. “Not only is the story of Keith and Noel's stowaway adventure almost too incredible to believe, but it's also just the kind of uplifting and inspiring tale I think we could all use a bit more of right now.”

Garret Daly is a recent graduate of the world-renowned EAVE Producers Workshop. Multi-award-winning in various disciplines Mixed Bag Media has established a solid track record in producing for the domestic Irish television market. Notable productions include Who is Dervla Murphy for RTÉ and Grassroots of the GAA for Virgin Media Television.

Our ambition from the start was to give this story the cinematic canvas it deserves to entertain a global audience,” said producer Garret Daly, who highlighted the importance of the collaboration when discussing the project’s development. “To work alongside one of the leading entertainment production companies in cinema today is a privilege and an exciting development. It’s an important step on the road to getting this movie made. In many respects this is the perfect fit to have an Irish/American partnership involved in the telling of Keith and Noels story.”

The screenplay was written by Limerick-based screenwriter Conor Ryan and the project is in receipt of development support from Screen Ireland.

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