Mammoth Screen has optioned the television rights to DJ Target’s recently published book Grime Kids: The Inside Story Of The Global Grime Takeover. The indie secured the rights from Marium Raja at No Chiefs and Richard King at Orion. Theresa Ikoko has been set to adapt the book for TV.
Originally published by Orion back in June, Grime Kids: The Inside Story Of The Global Grime Takeover is described as an explosive insider account of grime, from subculture to international phenomenon. A group of kids in the 2000s had a dream to make their voice heard – and the book documents their seminal impact on today’s pop culture.
“The response to Grime Kids so far has been overwhelming, with both seasoned grime fans and newcomers to the culture learning something or enjoying the trips down memory lane”, DJ Target said. “I wrote Grime Kids with a visual in mind, so the fact that I’ll be working with Mammoth Screen to bring that to life is incredible. I’m thrilled to be working with the amazing young writer Theresa Ikoko, who shares the same passion and excitement for this project as I do, and fully understands the culture and place it grew from. Watch this space, it’s coming!”
The project, penned by Ikoko, will be executive produced by Tom Leggett, Preethi Mavahalli and Damien Timmer. “Not only is Grime Kids the definitive story of the birth of a British musical phenomenon, it is also an incredibly funny and moving story of friendship and community”, Leggett commented. For both fans of Grime and non-fans alike, we hope audiences will be inspired and entertained by Target’s wonderful coming of age drama. We are thrilled to be working with the immensely talented Theresa Ikoko, whose intimate understanding of this story will bring this group of friends and their adventures to vivid life on screen!”
While Theresa Ikoko added: “I’m excited to be a part of this project. I’m looking forward to working with Target and Mammoth to bring a people, place and culture to life that are such an important part of recent British history and contemporary Britain. It’s so much more than music. I look forward to sharing the heart of the friendships, community and the movement of grime, with those who know and love it and those who soon will.”