Juno Dawson‘s YA novel Hollow Pike (Orion Children’s Books) has been optioned for TV by Lime Pictures, the production firm behind “Hollyoaks”, Emmy-winning “Free Rein” and “The Only Way Is Essex”.
The deal was brokered by Karen Lawler, head of licensed content at Hachette Children’s Group.
Lime Pictures is planning a live-action drama series for teenagers with a supernatural twist. Georgia Lester, who has worked on “Skins” and Idris Elba's “Turn Up Charlie” Netflix series is attached as head writer for the series.
Lawler said: "I’ve always loved the combination of high-school drama and supernatural danger that Juno created in Hollow Pike, and I’ve always admired Lime Pictures – they’re an incredible producer with a gift for youth storytelling. So I couldn’t be happier that Lime and Juno are now working together to bring the suspense and fun of Hollow Pike to the screen."
Hollow Pike, set in a small town of the same name with a history of witchcraft, follows Lis London who keeps dreaming someone is trying to killer her.
Dawson said: “It's 10 years since I conceived the sinister town of Hollow Pike and I'm delighted that it's being revived for television. I always had such exciting plans for the characters and the TV show gives us an opportunity to do just that.'”
Head of drama and YA for Lime Pictures, Louise Sutton commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Georgia Lester on the TV adaptation of Juno Dawson’s brilliant novel Hollow Pike. The book is a tense teen thriller set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Lancashire countryside. This is a very modern take on witches and demonization of young women. In the series we will explore this along with universal teen themes of friendship, family and, toughest of all, fitting in.”