Iain Maitland’s thriller Mr Todd’s Reckoning has been optioned for TV by AbbottVision, producers of critically acclaimed TV dramas including "No Offence", "Exile" and "Hit & Miss".
Clare Hulton at the Clare Hulton Literary Agency sold rights to executive producer Martin Carr. Mr Todd’s Reckoning "is the story of a father and a son in a normal house in a normal street. They are slowly driving each other insane. One of them is a psychopath…" Saraband imprint Contraband published the novel in 2019.
Carr said: "I’m a horror nut and a huge fan of the genre so devoured Mr Todd’s Reckoning. In this crowded marketplace it’s hard to stand out but Iain Maitland has pulled off a masterstroke. Combining the ingenuity of an Agatha Christie, the horror of Rillington Place and the wit of the best of British, the story keeps you on your toes, fills you with dread and makes you laugh out loud. We can’t wait to bring it to the screen and think the audience will delight in the rollercoaster ride."
Maitland added: "Being a huge fan of "No Offence" and "Shameless", I am beyond thrilled to be working with the wonderful creative team at AbbottVision to bring Mr Todd's Reckoning to the screen. Let the adventure begin!"
Saraband publisher Sara Hunt said: "Iain Maitland has a phenomenal ability to write chilling, disturbed characters while keeping the reader glued to the page. In Mr Todd's Reckoning he takes us on a speeding rollercoaster ride from a suburban bungalow to somewhere very dark."