The Young Offenders writer-director Peter Foott has told RTÉ Entertainment that he is planning to turn his hit Irish film into a TV series, having just agreed a deal for a cinema release for the Cork cocaine caper in the UK and the US.

With international movie audiences soon to see the misadventures of Cork teenagers Conor (Alex Murphy) and Jock (Chris Walley) as they search for a missing bale of cocaine off the West Cork Coast, Foott is hard at work on a small screen follow-up. 

"We want to keep it in the world that we have, and that's why we like the idea of doing a big budget TV show," he told RTÉ Entertainment. "The current idea is it picks up where the film leaves off. I've got different outlines for it."

The Young Offenders, which has taken over €1m at the Irish box office since its release last month, has just been picked up by UK company Vertigo Releasing, which will put the comedy on the big screen in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand before Christmas. 

"We want to do it off the back off the Irish success and that's basically why it's all happening so quickly," Foott said.

Peter Foott (front) and stars Chris Walley and Alex Murphy on location

"This is your pipe dream," he continued. "It's like getting a Lotto ticket, and your plan is to win the Lotto, but you don't ever think you will. You have to aim for the highest thing you can, but you don't think you're going to get there."

The water is very warm around the world for the hit Irish comedy

The Young Offenders received its international premiere at the world famous Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas last month, where it was among the winners, picking up the Special Mention for Best Comedy Debut.

That was followed by its UK premiere at the London Film Festival with more festival dates ahead at the London Irish Film Festival and at movie events in Switzerland, Greece and Estonia.

The Young Offenders director Peter Foott (right) and producer Julie Ryan with one of the film's American fans - legendary critic Leonard Maltin

"The audience reaction couldn't have been better," said Foott, "They've just really fallen for the film and the characters."

When asked how much of the movie's success has been down to luck, Foott replied: "I don't like to dismiss the talent that the team had, but if you think that the right people got together at the right time to make the movie, that's got to be luck. 

"We feel we all as a team really enjoyed the journey we went on. If you think in terms of luck, it's also what you make of it. We had one of the worst summers in history and we had to shoot a film that was set in the summer. But where we were lucky was that the team didn't mind and we all waited for the rain to stop and kept on going."

With the sun soon set to shine on his movie around the world, Foott told RTÉ Entertainment that he, his cast and crew all had "a very strong feeling" about the film's potential while making it, even though stars Alex Murphy and Chris Walley were initially skeptical.

"At the auditions I told them, 'You'll be seeing it in festivals, and I'd have pretty high hopes we'd get it into the cinema'," recalled the director.

"They left the auditions talking about it and Alex was saying to Chris, 'Do you know, he said it might get into the cinema?' And Chris was being level-headed and he goes, 'Ah yeah, but you know they all say that - it'll probably end up on YouTube or something!'"

The movie that laid the golden egg