Firebird Pictures, the new drama production company backed by BBC Studios, has optioned psychological thriller Wilderness (Constable) for adaptation into a multi-part television series.
TV rights were acquired by Firebird co-founder and former head of business and operations for BBC Drama Craig Holleworth from book to screen agent James Carroll at Northbank Talent Management on behalf of Peter Buckman at The Ampersand Agency. Peter Buckman is handling international publishing rights.
Wilderness, written by Beverley Jones under the name B E Jones, follows a British couple going on the trip of a lifetime – one hoping to save their marriage, the other planning the perfect murder. Constable published the thriller in April 2019.
Firebird co-founder Elizabeth Kilgarriff, the former senior commissioning editor at the BBC responsible for Bodyguard, Luther and The Cry, said: “Wilderness is a clever psychological thriller that uses the familiar scenario of a marriage in crisis to take the reader on an entirely unpredictable journey. We love the humanity and humour in Bev’s writing and can’t wait to bring these hugely engaging characters to life.”
Jones said: “I think every author would love to see their stories brought to the screen, but to work with a company of the calibre of Firebird and its team is just fantastic. I couldn’t be more excited to help bring Wilderness to a whole new audience”