Independent production company George & George have secured global rights for a TV series adaption of Lissa Evans’ Old Baggage (Doubleday).
The novel will be developed and co-produced as a returning series with Baby Cow in association with US producers Braven Films.
It is George & George's first project since going into partnership with comedian Steve Coogan and producer Christine Langan’s BBC-backed indie, Baby Cow. George & George was set up by Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine to champion women’s voices in TV and film, and the pair’s joint list of credits include series such as “No Offence” and “The Thick of It”.
Scanlan and Pepperdine will produce for George & George with Langan and Nichola Martin acting as executive producers for Baby Cow and Frida Torresblanco taking on executive roducer for Braven Films. Braven’s co-executive producers are Eric Laufer and Giovanna Randall. Katie Haines at The Agency (London) Ltd represented the rights on behalf of Georgia Garrett at Rogers, Coleridge and White.
“Lissa’s grasp of character and her immaculate feel for women’s history made this property irresistible to us as actors and now producers.’ Scanlan and Pepperdine said. “The book made us laugh, it made us cry and it kept us up reading till three in the morning. We can’t wait to start to develop it for long form television.”
Torresblanco said: "Old Baggage is another brilliant novel from Lissa Evans, she surprises us again with a transcendent creation of extreme timeliness. I'm so inspired to be working again with her on this prequel to the equally defiant Crooked Heart. This is a deeply evocative dynamic story. Her fun brave women are the authentic origin of the social changes that we relive these days".
For Langan, Baby Cow's c.e.o., this will be a return to Evans’ work, having executively produced the movie adaptation of Evans’ earlier novel Their Finest Hour and a Half (Doubleday), starring Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin, whilst chief of BBC Films.
Langan said: “We wanted to work with George & George because of their talent for unearthing unique stories about women and presenting them to audiences in fresh, exciting and funny ways. Lissa’s utterly charming Old Baggage is both a fascinating take on history and deeply relevant to the lives we live today.”
Currently the broadcaster is unconfirmed.