Television rights to Laura Barnett’s forthcoming début novel The Versions of Us (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) have been optioned by Trademark Films.
Barnett’s novel follows two characters who meet at university in the 1950s through different versions of their lives, together and apart. In an interview with The Bookseller Barnett said that the novel is based on a “big, ambitious idea”.
Kirsty Dunseath, publisher at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, said: "The Versions of Us is such a special book, and the pre-publication buzz about it is huge so it is tremendously satisfying to see the pairing of an outstanding debut with such an award-winning and prestigious team as Trademark Films.”
Barnett said: "I am so excited that Trademark Films are to develop a screen adaptation of The Versions of Us. David Parfitt and Trademark have been behind many brilliant literary adaptations, from Parade's End to the film version of Dodie Smith's I Capture The Castle, and I am delighted with his bold, creative ideas in order to translate to television the three different versions of the relationship played out in my novel. "
David Parfitt, a producer who established Trademark Films with members of his production team, said: “We are delighted to be Laura’s chosen partner for the next part of the journey for this wonderful novel. The Versions of Us is a uniquely structured story that will make a compelling television drama and we are very excited to be part of it.”
Trademark Films optioned TV rights in a deal with Barnett, her literary agent Judith Murray at Greene & Heaton Ltd and Toby Moorcroft Rights.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson will publish The Versions of Us in hardback on 4th June this year.