Black Bear Pictures has optioned Naoise Dolan's debut novel Exciting Times for TV. The novel was published in April by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Nicky Lund of David Higham Associates brokered the deal in a "highly competitive" auction.
Black Bear Television, the TV division of production company Black Bear Pictures, will develop and produce Exciting Times as a "premium television series". Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman and Michael Heimler will executive produce alongside Dolan.
Schwarzman said: “We immediately fell in love with Naoise’s honest, wry, and intelligent prose, and her ability to depict remarkably complex yet utterly relatable characters. We believe Naoise is an extraordinary voice, with a huge future ahead of her, and Black Bear is honoured to play a part in bringing her rich material to life.”
Dolan added: "I think my love of dialogue is clear from the book, so I’m thrilled to partner with Black Bear to bring the characters to a TV audience, and even more so to be involved as an executive producer."