Film rights to Andrew Michael Hurley’s The Loney (John Murray) have been optioned by DNA Films, with the support of Film4, after a five-way auction.
The gothic novel is set on the Lancashire coast and follows a Catholic family who make an Easter pilgrimage from London to try and cure their mute son.
It was originally published by Tartarus Press in a £35, 300-copy limited edition. Mark Richards, editorial director at John Murray, bought world rights in it and an unwritten novel in February this year, in a deal handled by Lucy Luck at Aitken Alexander. John Murray republished the book as a £14.99 hardback in August.
DNA’s films include Never Let Me Go, Far From the Madding Crowd and Ex Machina. The deal for film rights was handled by Lesley Thorne at Aitken Alexander Associates.