The Ink Factory, production company behind "The Night Manager", has acquired the rights in a "hotly contested" auction to Andrew Michael Hurley’s supernatural second novel, Devil’s Day (John Murray), for adaptation into a television series.
The deal was brokered by Luke Speed of Curtis Brown Group on behalf of Lucy Luck of C+W Literary Agency. Rights to the book have sold to HMH in the US and in Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Brazil and Finland so far.
Published by John Murray on the 19th of October, Hurley’s follow-up to Costa prize-winning debut The Loney is set in a tiny hamlet on the Lancashire moors and follows John Pentecost and his newly pregnant wife Kat who have returned to John’s family farm to mourn the loss of his grandfather. Their arrival coincides with the ritual of Devil's Day, entangling the couple in fermenting local tensions and "buried horrors and haunted pasts".
Michael Hurley said it was clear from his first meeting with The Ink Factory that "their vision of the relationship between the valley, moorland and the characters matched my own”.
Emma Broughton, head of development at The Ink Factory, commented: “Andrew’s stunning novel offers extraordinary potential for adaptation: its beguiling, complex characters, compulsive narrative, and extraordinary evocation of landscape, match absolutely, in sensibility and ambition, our commitment to create brilliant, bold, and thrilling drama.”