Lenny Abrahamson and Element pictures are set to bring Emma Donoghue’s book ROOM to the big screen.

What Richard Did director Abrahamson will make the film and Donoghue has already began adapting the book for the big screen.

The novel tells the story of a five-year-old boy growing up with his mother somewhere in America in a shed which he believes is the whole world while she hides from him the fact that they are captives.

The novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker, Orange and Commonwealth Prizes and sold two and a half million copies in English and was translated into 35 other languages.

Abrahamson, who is currently in post-production on his feature Frank, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender, says: “ROOM is an extraordinary novel - deeply original, harrowing, full of moments of almost unbearable tension, but also - and this is what is so special about it - profoundly life-affirming. From the moment I read it I wanted to make it for the screen and so I am truly delighted to be working with Emma on the film adaptation.”

Donoghue, who lives in Canada, began writing the screenplay as soon as ROOM was published. She says she is overjoyed to be making the film with her fellow Dubliners Abrahamson and producer Ed Guiney of Element.

“It wasn’t just Lenny’s award-winning, impeccably honest films that won me over, but a ten-page letter he sent me, describing with passionate intelligence his vision of how to translate my novel into cinema.”

There is no word yet as to the casting of the film.