TWO of the original cast members of hit movie The Commitments say they hope to organise a once-off reunion with the rest of the cast for the film's 20th anniversary next year.
Ken McCluskey and Dick Massey have both indicated that they are looking into the possibility of holding a once-off performance, and are currently seeking out a production company to help the project financially.
The development comes after a Facebook campaign was set up urging people to petition the original members to regroup for the anniversary.
The campaign group has almost 1,000 members and was set up just over a month ago.
"It would be a great thing to happen, after all this time," McCluskey said. "We are looking into it. It has been almost 20 years and The Commitments is actually still quite fresh and still as popular as when the movie first came out. It was a big deal for Irish music then and still is now."
McCluskey said an independent company is now needed in order to help fund the venture.
"It is not a situation whereby we are doing this for money or financial gain. Quite simply, there will need to be advertising, promotion and a venue. Not to mention the fact we would need to rehearse – it has been 20 years after all."
The musician is unsure which format the reunion will take. "It might be a party of some sort, or some kind of gig, or maybe a sequel. Either way we are going to need the rest of the guys who were involved who are all currently doing their own thing. But I'm hopeful we will be able to arrange something."
McCluskey and Massey, who are currently touring with their band Stars from the Commitments, said they would also support the idea that a 20th anniversary tribute could involve the likes of Kildare twins, Jedward.
"It's not a bad idea", McCluskey said. "There was an April fool's rumour last week that Jedward were being drafted in by the director Alan Parker, but it might also work in reality too. It would be good from a tribute point of view to have an act like them involved."
Previous cast member Michael Aherne, who played pianist Steven Clifford, has also refused to rule out a return. He said he is waiting to discuss the issue with the rest of The Commitments.
According to the organisers of the Facebook campaign, "This might happen if there is enough support. We are trying to get it backing."
The Commitments was adapted from Roddy Doyle's book and brought to the big screen by director Alan Parker. At the time, the cast consisted mainly of unknown actors and musicians, among them Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy and The Frames frontman Glen Hansard. The original cast members all went their separate ways after the film.
Now rumoured to be enrolled in music college, he most recently composed music for the hit film Silent City featuring Cillian Murphy in 2006. Before that starred in 1998 film What Are You Looking At?
Strong is currently touring the US, and released a Greatest Hits album of his own music in 2005. Over the last few years has toured with artists including The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Prince and Bryan Adams.
Currently lives in London and works as an actress. Played a role in EastEnders as Bradley Branning's boss in 2008. Starred in film Holy Water, released last month.
Gallagher has just completed a role in 2010 film The Big I Am and continues to work as an actress, including a small part in Star Wars: the Phantom Menace.
Lead man with popular band The Frames who are playing this year's Electric Picnic. Achieved widespread acclaim - and an Oscar - on low-budget hit movie Once and with single 'Falling Slowly'.
Now touring with tribute band The Stars from the Commitments with fellow original cast member Dick Massey.
Now working as a senior engineer with the National Transport Authority, after completing a degree in civil engineering.
Currently touring Europe and America with his own take on the Commitments, Dave Finnegan's Commitments.
Along with fellow original cast member Ken McCluskey, now touring with Stars from the Commitments tribute show.
Went on to pursue a successful career in acting, and most recently appeared in the Gate Theatre's 2008 countrywide tour of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
Now an actress and musician, notable for her role as Queen Katherine of Aragon in The Tudors. Last week performed in Ballina, Mayo, and next week will be performing in Dublin in the Séamus Ennis Cultural centre with her new album.
Now touring with a wedding band, The Controversial Allstars, which is led by Picturehouse frontman Dave Browne.