TV rights to Jessie Burton’s bestselling novel The Miniaturist (Picador) have been optioned by the company behind the adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.
London-based Company Pictures optioned the TV rights in a deal negotiated by Rich Green at ICM Partners on behalf of Juliet Mushens at the Agency Group, and Jeremy Miles for Company on behalf of m.d. John Yorke.
The Miniaturist this week notched up its third number one position in the UK official top 50.
Company Pictures is behind the adaptation of Wolf Hall, which starts today (21st January) on BBC Two, and plans on making The Miniaturist a “high-end television drama series”.
Kate Sinclair, who discovered The Miniaturist for Company over a year before publication and will executive produce the project, said: “Jessie has written an astoundingly beautiful novel making the world of 17th century Amsterdam live and breathe in incredible detail. At its heart, her story is also a fast paced thriller full of intrigue and dark secrets that has the potential to make a complex and compelling high-end drama for television. We hope this will grip a contemporary audience, as the book has done, and we see it as our next Wolf Hall.”
Burton, who will act as a consultant for the adaptation, said: “Company TV's passionate, creative vision for The Miniaturist impressed me from the beginning, and I am thrilled they have secured the rights.”