In a heated situation with multiple parties bidding, The Cry indie Synchronicity Films has secured the rights to Heather Morris’ novel The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, with plans to adapt it as a “high-end” international drama series.
The indie has already set Jacquelin Perske, who was behind their adaptation of The Cry, to adapt The Tattooist Of Auschwitz for television. The series is planned to be ready for broadcast in January 2020, to tie in with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
The Tattooist Of Auschwitz was published by imprints Echo and Zaffre – part of Bonnier Books UK – in January 2018. The novel tells the story of Lale Sokolov, a Jewish prisoner who was given the job of tattooing identification numbers on prisoners’ arms in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during World War Two. One day, he met Gita while she was waiting in line to be tattooed and it was love at first sight. And so began one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust and a tale of the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.
“We are beyond thrilled to have secured the rights to this incredibly brilliant, confronting and uplifting book. I fell in love with it within a few pages and was desperate to bring it to the screen, to reach the widest audience possible for this unforgettable story”, said Claire Mundell, Founder and Creative Director at Synchronicity Films, who struck the deal for the book rights with Hollywood agency CAA. “There was a huge amount of interest in this title and I am grateful that Heather Morris, Bonnier Books UK and CAA responded so well to our vision for the story.”
“Lale Sokolov placed a great deal of trust in me when he first shared his story. I am now passing that baton on and am so pleased that Synchronicity Films was successful in negotiating for the rights”, commented author Heather Morris. “Claire and her colleagues have an obvious passion for my book and have demonstrated clear sensitivity to producing a real person’s story. I know Lale will be smiling down at this new phase of his and Gita’s story”.
While Kate Parkin, Managing Director of Adult Trade at Bonnier Books UK, added:“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a deeply personal story, with universal themes of courage, love and survival. Synchronicity Films was committed to this book from our very first conversation; they had a clear strategy and fully embraced the responsibilities of bringing this story to the small screen. We are delighted that Claire and her team have been successful in securing the rights and we will follow the series’ development with great interest.”