Element Pictures announced today that they have acquired film rights to the Irish best-seller OH MY GOD, WHAT A COMPLETE AISLING, penned by long-time friends Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen. The debut, frequently hailed as Ireland’s answer to Bridget Jones, published in Ireland in September last year claimed the number-one bestselling adult fiction title in the country for 2017.

Emer and Sarah, who are also onboard to write the screenplay, commented that “We are so delighted to be working with Element Pictures to bring Aisling to the big screen. Imagine! Aisling on the big screen! We’ve known this character for ten years so to be given the opportunity to take her from the pages of our beloved book and transform her into a walking, talking, caring (and judging, let’s be honest) girl in front of a camera is beyond our wildest dreams. We can’t wait to start!”

Element Pictures producer Rory Gilmartin is equally thrilled to be working on the project “We couldn’t be more excited at the thought of working with Emer & Sarah to bring Aisling into cinemas. The huge success of this debut book is a testament to the strength of their writing – so funny and yet so full of heart.” Rory will produce along with Ed Guiney, with Chelsea Morgan Hoffmann heading up development for Element.

OH MY GOD, WHAT A COMPLETE AISLING tells the story of 28-year-old Aisling who lives at home in Ballygobbard with her parents and commutes to her good job at PensionsPlus in Dublin. When a week in Tenerife with boyfriend John doesn’t end with the expected engagement, Aisling calls a halt to things and soon she has surprised herself and everyone else by agreeing to move into a three-bed in Portobello with stylish Sadhbh from HR and her friend, the mysterious Elaine.

The deal was brokered by Luke Speed at Curtis Brown Group on behalf of Sheila Crowley & Abbie Greaves of Curtis Brown Group, and Mark Byrne for Element Pictures.