Playground Entertainment has won film and TV rights to Imogen Hermes Gowar’s lauded historical-fantasy debut novel “The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock”.
Set in 1785 London, the novel tells the story of Jonah Hancock, a prosperous merchant and widower, whose Captain returns having sold Hancock’s ship and cargo in exchange for an extraordinary creature; a mermaid.
This mermaid becomes the subject of great curiosity and forges an encounter between Hancock and the desirable courtesan, Angelica Neal. The book then charts their intertwined lives.
Colin Callender will executive produce the project. Playground has been behind some prestige literary adaptations in recent years including “Wolf Hall,” “The White Queen” and the recent new takes on “Little Women” and “Howards End”.