It has been a busy day for news regarding screen adaptations of novels. First up, Roger Michel (“Notting Hill,” “My Cousin Rachel”) is set to write and direct a feature adaptation of upcoming UK novel “Little Darlings” for Free Range Films. Kevin Loader (“The Death Of Stalin,” “The Lady In The Van”) will produce.
The story is set in present-day Sheffield during a mother’s first month after a traumatic childbirth. Her dreams are shattered when someone threatens to take her children if she leaves them alone, and her desperation increases as no one will listen to her.
Next, Mammoth Screen (“Poldark,” “Victoria”) has optioned the rights to Christie Watson’s novel “The Language of Kindness” with plans to adapt it into a TV series with Rachel Bennette (“NW”) to pen the script. The story is an account of the medical profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness from birth to death.
Finally, Anonymous Content has acquired screen rights to Iain Reid’s thriller novel “Foe” with Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin set to produce. The novel is set slightly in the future, after severe climate change has ruined the farmlands across the north.
A farmer and his wife live a solitary life until a stranger arrives telling them he has been selected to help a group of settlers looking to relocate. Arrangements have been made so that when he leaves, his wife won’t miss him because a ‘replacement’ has been arranged.