Anna Lena Films has acquired the film and TV rights for Wilbur Smith’s novel Desert God, published by HarperCollins.
The rights were bought from Kevin Conroy Scott at Tibor Jones Management. The deal also includes film and TV rights to River God and The Seventh Scroll, also from the Epic Ancient Egypt series, and a first look option on another book in the series, titled Warlock.
Victorien Vaney of Anna Lena Films said: “As Stephen King rightly said, Wilbur Smith is the best historical novelist. Having control of the greatest series of books about Ancient Egypt is a great opportunity to use artful storytelling on an epic scale.”
Conroy Scott added: “Wilbur Smith has sold approximately 130 million copies of his books around the world to an adoring and loyal fanbase. They want a Wilbur Smith adaptation that will be faithful, but one that will also be smart. With those partners, we have the best shot at making those fans happy.”
Desert God is a sequel to 1994's River God. It is the first of a six-book deal with HarperCollins, which Smith moved to after being published for 45 years by Macmillan.
It went to number one in the Bookseller Original Fiction chart in the week after its release on 25th September, selling 12,118 units.
It will be published by WilliamMorrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, in the US on 21st October.