This morning, we and many other supporters of The Rising, received this encouraging letter from Kevin McCann. Selected Quotes follow, but first let us say that this in every way meets our expectations, and we believe this decision to be quite a wise one. Mr. McCann has our appreciation for his well-thought out process in advancing this film to its final conclusion.
Before an official announcement is made on social media, I would like to first update all of you, our kickstarter supporters and on behalf of our team, express our gratitude for your kindness and patience.
Having consulted with film industry peers, it is unanimously accepted that WHEN the film is released is less important than HOW the film is made.
A well-produced film with an all-star cast released in late 2016 or 2017 stands a better chance of achieving our goal than a lower budget film released in 2016. Our financiers are also enthused that ‘The Rising’ is now the only motion picture about the rebellion still in the works and backs this course of action. The market will hear all about the 1916 rebellion during the forthcoming centenary year.
Also, we are advised to wait until certain actors are attached in the roles of Tom Clarke (mentor to Seán) and Máirín Ryan (female lead) Once these are cast, our budget and scale of the film will be finalised.
All in all, this means that we must wait longer before we can begin production – likely towards the end of 2016. All the attached actors and production partners are supportive of this postponement and agree that it will make for a better movie in the end. The story of Seán MacDiarmada and the heroes of 1916 will be told in a great movie that we can enjoy for many years to come.
All good wishes