Amazon and Virgin Media back sci-fi series of The Feed

Amazon and Virgin Media back sci-fi series of The Feed

Nick Clark Windo's The Feed (Headline) is being turned into a high-end sci-fi TV drama by Amazon and Virgin Media.

According to Deadline, the high-concept thriller will be adapted for the screen by "The Walking Dead" executive producer Channing Powell and British producer Studio Lambert.

The London-set TV drama will be a 10-part series. It is reported that Virgin Media struck a deal for exclusive rights to the show in the UK and its parent Liberty Global in 10 other European markets, while Amazon has the rights in the US, Latin America, Canada and the Caribbean to air through its Prime Video service.

The dystopia - published in hardback on 25th January by Headline in the UK and HarperCollins in the US - was pre-empted in a six-figure deal within 24 hours of submission at 2016's London Book Fair. Described as "Walking Dead-meets-Black Mirror", it is set in a near-future world where people can download a social media feed directly into their brains. 

The Guardian said the deal marked Virgin Media's biggest move back into original programming in the last decade. It estimated, taking into account typical costs-per-episode in high-end TV production, that the series will cost more than $40m (£29m).