British author Fiona Cummins’ debut novel, Rattle, is attracting quite a buzz in the lead up to its 26th January publication date. The novel itself had already received rave reviews, but it’s the television adaptation that we’re going to be concentrating on here. We’re always on the look-out for novels that have been optioned as TV series, but also understand that the process can be a long and painful one – and, sometimes, things that get signed up for development never see the light of day. On the other hand, Rattle looks as though it’s some way down the line and things look promising – especially now Archery Pictures has now assigned a screenwriting to get to work on an adaptation.
Deadline reported yesterday that screenwriter Stephen Susco – the man behind box office horror hits The Grudge and The Grudge 2 – has been charged with turning Cummins’ story into a television series. Here’s a brief synopsis of the story:
Erdman Frith’s life is falling apart. His beloved son Jakey is suffering from a singularly cruel progressive disease, his wife is threatening divorce, and he’s in a dead end job. What Erdman doesn’t know is that someone is watching him and his son and they won’t stop at anything to get hold of what they want. Jakey Frith suffers from Stone Man Syndrome, his bones are fusing together and he is slowly becoming imprisoned by his own skeleton. The shadowy, threatening character of the Bone Collector has inherited a macabre and gruesome museum of medical oddities. He knows about Jakey’s condition and longs to possess his skeleton for his collection. When five year old Clara Foyle, who also suffers from an unusual medical condition goes missing the police, headed up by feisty Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy, embark on a hunt for what seems to be a sinister figure who has access to medical records. As the lives and the fates of all the characters become more desperately entangled, Erdman helps Fitzroy to track down the Bone Collector and restore his family.
As you can see from the description above, Susco (with his background in horror and thriller work) seems well suited to the project.
We managed to grab a few words with Fiona this morning:
“I’m so thrilled by the thought of Rattle becoming a TV series. I found out it had been optioned about a year ago, but it was important to make sure we had a fantastic screenwriter on board. I’m more than happy to leave the script in Stephen’s capable hands and can’t wait to see what he does. TV is such an exciting place to be at the moment. I’m so looking forward to seeing where Rattle ends up.”
More news when we get it…