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Jim Sheridan to write/direct Lockerbie bombing drama

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Apr 24, 2014 | 4:57pm EDT

Revered moviemaker Jim Sheridan has signed on to make a new drama about the Pan Am terrorist bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. The 1988 disaster claimed the lives of 270 passengers and locals, and now Sheridan has teamed up with screenwriter Audrey O'Reilly to develop a script he will direct. The filmmaker behind classic movies like My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father has revealed his Lockerbie drama will centre upon activist Jim Swire, who lost his daughter Flora in the tragedy when Pam Am Flight 103 was blown up over the Scottish village. The doctor has always maintained Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the alleged Libyan intelligence officer who was jailed for the bombing, was not guilty. Megrahi was released from prison on compassionate grounds in 2012 after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Recent reports suggest members of a Syrian terrorist group were responsible for the disaster. Sheridan hopes his film will help to answer many outstanding questions about the Lockerbie bombing. He says, "It's scary what they didn't reveal to us at the time. It doesn't really matter, the people are dead and you can't bring them back to life. But in the future, we need clear investigations of these things."

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