EXCLUSIVE: Round The World In 80 Days author Stephen Greenhorn is penning an adaptation of James Goodhand’s YA novel Final Lesson for Sanditon producer Purple Planet Photos.
Demise In Paradise indie Purple Planet has optioned the rights to Goodhand’s debut, which was printed final 12 months and examines the psychological breakdown of mannequin scholar and gifted musician Ollie Morcombe after he suffers an horrific accident. Having beforehand been one of many well-liked youngsters, he’s now grow to be an outcast and his life made a dwelling hell by vicious bullies. As Ollie reaches the extremities of breaking level, he takes issues into his personal arms and, on the final day of the varsity 12 months, brings these bullies a present; a home made pipe bomb.
Greenhorn, who’s a part of the writing crew on BBC1’s upcoming Round The World In 80 Days adaptation, is penning the collection, which isn’t but hooked up to a broadcaster. He’s the creator of Scottish BBC cleaning soap River Metropolis and The Proclaimers musical Sunshine On Leith.
Purple Planet Joint MD Belinda Campbell mentioned Final Lesson is “excellent for TV,” though the transfer into YA represents a “slight departure” for the producer.
“It’s written in such a visible and visceral means and is completely gripping, shifting and thrilling,” she added. Goodhand described the variation as a “dream come true.”
The transfer caps off a busy 12 months for Purple Planet, which additionally secured the rights to Sunday Occasions bestseller Our Home – now being become an ITV drama starring Line of Obligation’s Martin Compston.
The Asacha Media Group-owned outfit has additionally optioned Megan Hunter’s The Harpy and Anthony Johnston’s The Euphoria Code, whereas seasons of PBS/BritBox’s Sanditon and long-runnning BBC1 drama Demise In Paradise are in manufacturing.
The Final Lesson deal was struck by Emily Hayward Whitlock at The Artists Partnership on behalf of Harry Illingworth at DHH Literary Company.