Unstoppable Film & Television has acquired the production rights to Juno Dawson’s upcoming YA novel Meat Market (Quercus Children’s Books), about a 16-year-old girl who is catapulted from her South London council estate to the international world of fashion.
“I’m beyond thrilled to be collaborating with Unstoppable on my first TV adaptation; their warm enthusiasm for Jana's story was overwhelming,” said Dawson. “The fashion industry can be a scary place and it feels timely to explore the ugly side of something that's outwardly beautiful. As well as being a model, Jana is a normal teenage girl, going through heartbreaks and triumphs - I want Meat Market to be as funny and outrageous as it is compelling.”
Unstoppable Film & Television is run by Noel Clarke and Jason Maza, who acquired Meat Market as part of a recent partnership with All3Media. Marc Simonsson at MMB Creative brokered the deal.
Noel Clarke and Jason Maza said in a statement: "Meat Market is an irreverent, entertaining and funny story that also tackles the huge contemporary themes of #MeToo and the hypersexualisation of girls. We were instantly drawn to the story itself and to the power of Juno’s writing, which has great warmth and humour even when she takes us to dangerous places. Juno’s research gives the story absolute authenticity and it is ideal to adapt as a returning series for television.”
The novel will be released in May next year.