Hirschkorn buys film rights to Paver's 'Chronicles'

Hirschkorn buys film rights to Paver's 'Chronicles'

Redhammer has sold film rights to Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness six-strong series which launched with novel Wolf Brother, to Nick Hirschkorn of Feel Films.

Redhammer's Peter Cox said Paver's Chronicles series was originally sold to Ridley Scott, "But when the opportunity arose to get a dynamic young British producer like Nick Hirschkorn involved, it was too good to pass up."

Hirschkorn has produced films of David Almond's Skellig and E Nesbit's Five Children and It and is currently producing a film of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell for the BBC, co-produced by BBC America.  

All six books in the Chronicles series will be filmed, with the involvement of a yet-undisclosed broadcaster.

Hirschkorn called Wolf Brother "an archetypal story . . . crying out to be filmed". He said: "The fact that the series incorporates so many universal themes in such an original setting, packed with huge emotional punch, makes it irresistible for a wide family audience. I feel privileged that Michelle has entrusted me with her literary gem."
Screenwriter Will Davies, writer of screenplays for "Johnny English", "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Flushed Away", has been contracted to write the first film in the series, based on Wolf Brother.