Redhammer today announces a major film deal for client Michelle Paver, whose bestselling Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series has been sold to producer Nick Hirschkorn of Feel Films. All six books in the series will be filmed, with the involvement of a yet-undisclosed broadcaster.
Hirschkorn is currently producing the highly-anticipated Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell for the BBC, co-produced by BBC AMERICA. He has previously produced the critically-acclaimed film of David Almond’s book Skellig as well as E. Nesbit’s Five Children and It.
“As soon as I put down WOLF BROTHER – which wasn’t easy” says Nick Hirschkorn, “I knew it was an archetypal story, the like of which I had never read before, that was crying out to be filmed. The fact that the series incorporates so many universal themes in such an original setting, packed with huge emotional punch, makes it irresistible for a wide family audience. I feel privileged that Michelle has entrusted me with her literary gem.”
Acclaimed screenwriter Will Davies is contracted to write the first film in the series, WOLF BROTHER. Davies is the writer of Puss in Boots, Johnny English Reborn, How to Train Your Dragon, Flushed Away, Alien Autopsy, Johnny English, Ghost in the Machine and Twins.
“Michelle’s WOLF BROTHER series takes you into a world like no other you’ve ever seen”, says Davies. “Torak and Wolf are unforgettable characters, and the mysteries they have to uncover, both about that world, and themselves are utterly compelling. I love this series and am thrilled to be a part of bringing it to the screen.”
“We originally sold the series to Sir Ridley Scott”, says Redhammer’s Peter Cox. “But when the opportunity arose to get a dynamic young British producer like Nick Hirschkorn involved, it was too good to pass up.”
The entire series has been recorded for audiobooks by Sir Ian McKellen – will he feature in the films? “You’ll have to wait and see!” says Nick Hirschkorn.