Warp options Messum's 'Husk'

Warp options Messum's 'Husk'

Warp Films has optioned TV rights in Husk, a “gripping, dystopian thriller” by J Kent Messum, published by Penguin this week.

Rights for a returnable international TV series were acquired by Warp from Jonathan Sissons at Peters Fraser and Dunlop.

Husk is a “gripping, dystopian thriller” which envisions a near future where it is possible to upload a person’s consciousness onto a server, but only for those with the resources to pay for it – and at great personal risk to the host.

Warp Films’ upcoming productions include "This is England 90" for Channel 4 and "The Last Panthers" for Sky Atlantic and Canal +. Film credits include "71" and "Four Lions".

Warp executive producer Robin Gutch said: “J Kent Messums’s visceral vision and uncompromising story telling offer an exciting foundation for a provocative drama series set in a chilling yet compelling near future".

Husk is Messum’s second novel. Messum’s editor at Penguin Books, publishing director Rowland White, said:  “We’re thrilled by the news that Warp Films have optioned J. Kent Messum’s brilliant Husk. Jamie’s chilling, richly imagined world and Warp’s incredible track record for making exceptionally cool movies and TV look like an irresistible combination. We can’t wait to see the results.”