Red Planet Pictures Developing ‘Three Things About Elsie’ Adaptation & Drag Queen Comedy ‘Denim’

Red Planet Pictures is adding two titles to their development slate. The indie has optioned the rights to Joanna Cannon’s second novel Three Things About Elsie, with plans to adapt it as a serial drama. The second project, Denim, is a dramedy about a drag queen girlband.

Three Things About Elsie focuses on eighty-four year-old Florence who’s living in sheltered accommodation when an unsettling mystery from her past comes to light. The deal for the rights was brokered by Luke Speed of Curtis Brown Group on behalf of Sue Armstrong from the C+W Agency. Belinda Campbell will serve as executive producer on the project.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Red Planet on bringing ‘Three Things About Elsie’ to the screen”, author Joanna Cannon said in a statement. “It’s a dream come true to see your words transformed into a script, and I can’t think of a better partnership to guide Florence and Elsie on their new journey.”

Envisioned as a half hour comedy drama in the vein of a mockumentary, Denim follows drag queen girlband, the Denim Queens, on their dysfunctional world tour (around regional Britain), as they gear up for what they *think* is the performance of their lives. The series is based on the real life drag super-troupe Denim. The group’s writer-performers Amrou Al-Kadhi, Tom Rasmussen, Guy Woolf, Hugh Wyld & Charlie Parham will write and star in the series.

“’Three Things About Elsie’ is an incredibly moving story about what it is to grow older, friendship and the importance of living in the moment. We were all enthralled by the story and jumped at the chance to adapt it for television”, said Belinda Campbell, Joint Managing Director of Red Planet Pictures. “‘Denim’ brings together five fantastically original and entertaining voices who have lots to say. Their stage show tackles adversity with a unique infusion of explosive pop, glamour, intelligence, politics and humour, taking audiences on an insightful, joyous and irreverent journey. We are looking forward to continuing this journey through television. It’s very exciting to be working with them.”