Stuart Turton’s murder mystery The Devil and the Dark Water (Raven Books, 2020) has been optioned for television by Urban Myth Films.
Rights were acquired from Emily Hayward-Whitlock at the Artists Partnership on behalf of Harry Illingworth, director at the DHH Literary Agency. Howard Overman will write the adaptation, with Turton on board as an executive producer.
Turton said: "Howard Overman is a ludicrously talented scriptwriter who has spent his career writing things I love. I'm so thrilled he's pointing his pen at Devil. I can't imagine anybody better suited to bringing the book's mysteries, devils, baddies, goodies and sinister boats to screen. It's going to be fun."
Overman commented: "The Devil and the Dark Water is a thrilling story full of unexpected twists and turns. Stuart has created a cast of great characters, and I can’t wait to bring them to life on screen."
Turton's debut, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Raven Books, 2018), was optioned by House Productions and is being adapted as a seven-part series for Netflix.