Awesome Media & Entertainment – the indie set up by writer-producer Jeff Norton – has optioned the rights to Gillian Best’s debut novel The Last Wave, with plans to the develop a TV adaptation.
Published by House of Anansi Press, The Last Wave is set in Dover and revolves around the protagonist Martha and the complex relationships she has with her husband, her children, and her close friends. The one constant in Martha’s life is the sea, which provides an allegorical backdrop to three generations of her family.
It is not immediately clear if the adaptation is envisioned as a one-off drama or a long-form project. Awesome founder Jeff Norton will executive produce alongside former BBC Worldwide and ITV Studios executive Fraser Robinson,
“Awesome is an author-founded company and we want to be the home for the world’s most creative storytellers”, Jeff Norton, executive producer and founder of Awesome said in a statement. “Gillian Best’s novel is heart-breaking yet ultimately heart-warming tale that is at once a feminist story, a novel about a marriage and a narrative about one woman’s self-empowerment and liberation from domestic life.”
The Last Wave is the first literary acquisition for Awesome since taking investment from Kew Media Group. The indie previously optioned the rights to Jay Gunn’s graphic novel Surface Television and is co-developing that franchise with the Warner Bros. owned Wall to Wall Television. “I’m delighted that Awesome has picked up The Last Wave”, added Gillian Best. “As an author, I’ve found it incredibly fascinating to hear how my novel has been interpreted by different readers, and I’m excited to see what new perspectives this will bring.”