Red Planet Pictures, the indie behind the recently renewed BBC drama Death In Paradise, has optioned the TV rights to Our House, the best-selling novel by Louise Candlish that was just shortlisted for the Book of the Year (Crime & Thriller) at the British Book Awards.
Our House tells the story of Fi Lawson, who arrives home one day to find a family of strangers moving into her house and her husband, Bram, has disappeared. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime and how they each are going to survive the chilling truth.
The novel is published in the UK by Simon & Schuster and in the US by Berkley, Penguin Random House and has sold more than 200 000 copies. Red Planet Pictures secured the rights after a hotly contested auction in a deal closed by Luke Speed at Curtis Brown Group. Red Planet is now working with BAFTA award-winning writer Simon Ashdown on developing the adaptation.
“Louise’s story of intrigue, conspiracy, betrayal and crime is a compulsive read and we instantly knew it would make an equally compelling piece of TV drama”, said Belinda Campbell, Joint Managing Director of Red Planet Pictures. “It’s a narrative that will grip viewers from the very outset and we are thrilled to be working with Louise and Simon who, like us, are all about extraordinary storytelling. We have some very ambitious plans for the project which has already caused a great ripple of excitement from several quarters.”