TV, FILM & RADIO

SLAM FILM & TV, Stephen Mangan’s production company, have optioned the TV rights in Simon Lelic’s gripping psychological suspense novel THE HOUSE pre-publication.

Rupert Maconick at Saville Productions has optioned the documentary rights in THE BALL IS ROUND: A Global History of Football by award-winning writer David Goldblatt.

STV, based in Glasgow, have optioned rights to adapt Anna Whitelock’s prize-winning history book about Elizabeth I’s women companions, ELIZABETH’S BEDFELLOWS (published under the title THE QUEEN’S BED in the US), as a drama series.

Tim Harford’s 50-part World Service podcast and radio series 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy is transferring to Radio 4. The accompanying book will be published by Little, Brown in July.

Films rights in Anna Hope’s THE BALLROOM have been optioned by prolific Irish producer Parallel Films for award-winning filmmaker Aisling Walker to write and direct.

The adaptation of THE AFTERMATH by Rhidian Brook began filming on January 9th 2017 with Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Clarke in the leading roles, and James Kent (‘Testament of Youth’) directing.

The Film & TV rights to Hugh Wilford’s AMERICA’S‘ GREAT GAME have been optioned by prolific Hollywood producer Barry Josephson Entertainment.

Tim Harford’s 50-part World Service radio series 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy is on air. The accompanying book will be published in 2017.

The Weinstein Company have optioned John Man’s book, Attila The Hun: A Barbarian King and the Fall of Rome for adaptation into a mini-series.

OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS, Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant YA debut about a bittersweet first love affair between film buff Henry and damaged, intriguing Grace, has been optioned by Awesomeness Films for a film adaptation. Hot Key Books, an imprint of Bonnier Zaffre, will publish the book on 4 October 2016, simultaneously with Penguin US and Penguin Australia.

RED DOG: TRUE BLUE, the film version of Louis de Bernieres’ tie-in book BLUE DOG will be released in Australia on Boxing Day 2016.

Film rights in JONATHAN UNLEASHED by Meg Rosoff have been optioned by Qwerty Films, with Michael Kuhn as producer (Being John Malkovich, The Duchess, Florence Foster Jenkins) and the author writing the screenplay. Michael Kuhn says: “Romantic comedies with a twist are what all film producers are looking for. This is one of those rare books; and I am sure Meg will write a screenplay worthy of her wonderful source material.”

Jonathan Unleashed is also a Radio Four Book at Bedtime, read by Rhashan Stone.

Love, Rosie producer Simon Brooks has acquired the film rights to Lauren St John‘s YA novel The Glory, which was published by Orion Children’s Books on March 5th in the UK.

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece, multi award-winning novel by Annabel Pitcher, has been optioned by Alexandre Jouan of Green Mill Way.

Acclaimed screenwriter Lee Hall ( Billy Elliot, War Horse) is adapting Edmund De Waal’s The Hare With the Amber Eyes for DNA Films and Film Four. It has also been optioned as a Musical Adaptation by the Landestheater Linz.

Robert Stromberg, the director of “Maleficent“, and Oscar-winning production designer of ‘Avatar’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ has signed on to develop a film adaption of Liz Kessler’s best-selling Emily Windsnap series, with Reid Shane producing.

Adam Brookes’ page-turning thriller The Night Heron has been optioned by BBC Wales.

Martin Walker‘s international best-selling crime series Bruno, Chief of Police is in production as a German/French co-production. The books have sold over a million copies in Germany.

The White Giraffe by Lauren St John has been optioned for film by White Giraffe Partners, LLC and will be adapted for a theatrical movie by screenwriter Joan Singleton ( Because of Winn Dixie).