UK EXCLUSIVE Amazon picks up TV rights for Antti Tuomainen’s The Rabbit Factor, Steve Carell to star

Amazon Studios is turning Finnish author Antti Tuomainen’s The Rabbit Factor into a TV series.

The streaming giant has picked up the rights to Tuomainen’s seventh novel, and will produce a series that will star Steve Carell from the US version of The Office.

It marks Tuomainen’s switch to darkly comic and quirky stories, and The Rabbit Factor is the fifth novel to be released in the UK by independent publisher, Orenda Books, and will be the first in a trilogy.

The Rabbit Factor will be launched in the UK in September.

The Rabbit Factor tells the story of insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen, who inherits an adventure park after suddenly losing his job.

The worst of the financial issues appear to originate from big loans taken from criminal quarters… and some dangerous men are very keen to get their money back.

But what Henri really can’t compute is love. In the adventure park, Henri crosses paths with Laura, an artist with a chequered past, and a joie de vivre and erratic lifestyle that bewilders him. As the criminals go to extreme lengths to collect their debts and as Henri’s relationship with Laura deepens, he finds himself faced with situations and emotions that simply cannot be pinned down on his spreadsheets.

Tuomainen told The Killing Times: “I’m beyond thrilled with the news and, to be honest, still have to tell myself that it is actually true.

“I’ve been a fan of Steve Carell for a long time so this really is a dream come true. I’m also very much looking forward to unleashing insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen to the unsuspecting UK public in September when the first book in the trilogy will be published.”

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