Matt Haig's latest novel, The Midnight Library (Canongate), has been optioned to be made into a film by StudioCanal and Blueprint Pictures.
The deal was negotiated by Nick Marston and Katie Battcock at Curtis Brown.
Haig, who will be executive producer on the film, said: "I am so excited that The Midnight Library film is in the best hands. Having worked with Blueprint and StudioCanal before, it was a no-brainer the moment they offered. I can’t wait to see Nora’s adventures through the multiverse translated to screen.”
The book explores the hopes and regrets of a woman seeking a second chance in life. The blurb states: "Between life and death there is a library. When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently.
"With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren't always what she imagined they'd be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger. Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?"
The Midnight Library is Haig's seventh novel. He has sold nearly 1.5 million books for £9.6m through Nielsen BookScan's UK TCM. He was also the bestselling author published by an independent publisher this year, accounting for 21% of Canongate's TCM takings. He is represented for his books by Clare Conville of C&W.
StudioCanal and Blueprint are in post-production on the film adaptation of Haig's children's book A Boy Called Christmas, which stars Maggie Smith, Toby Jones, Jim Broadbent Rune Temte, and Sally Hawkins and is due to be released this autumn. Also published by Canongate, Haig's 2017 novel, How to Stop Time is under option with StudioCanal.
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