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Film still of Tom Cruise, Lee Child and Rosamund Pike from the film Jack Reacher, adaptation of Lee Child's One Shot

Tom Cruise, Lee Child and Rosamund Pike in Jack Reacher, film adaptation of Lee Child's One Shot

With excellent relationships with production companies both in the UK and internationally, we work hard to place material in the hands of experienced industry professionals with the vision and passion to adapt our authors' books to the screen.

Darley Anderson handles dramatic rights for some authors and was instrumental in bringing Dramatic Rights Agent, Sheila David, into the Agency.

Since coming in-house in 2013, Sheila has worked to bring all the Agency authors to the attention of the industry. Acting in conjunction with the Agency's book agents, Sheila reads manuscripts at early stages and takes filmic material into the marketplace quickly. To date she has negotiated a number of option deals with producers in the UK and in mainland Europe.

The Agency has an excellent twenty-year relationship with top US Talent Agent Steve Fisher at LA-based Agency APA. They have successfully set up projects with major Hollywood Studios who have produced films starring A-list talent such as Tom Cruise (pictured) and Kevin Costner.

For Dramatic Rights enquiries, please contact Sheila David on sheila@darleyanderson.com. Please see our submission guidelines page for information on how to submit to Sheila. 

Dramatic Rights News

Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad Series to be Adapted for BBC One

Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series is being adapted for television, to be aired on BBC One.

The first two books, In the Woods and The Likeness, both New York Times Bestsellers, are being reimagined for the screen by Sarah Phelps who has recently adapted several Agatha Christie books for the BBC. 

Tana is taking a backseat on the production of the series, telling BookBrunch "I'm not involved in the TV production at all. I'm not a screenwriter, and I figure the best thing is to leave it to the professionals. There are some great people involved."

Production on the series starts next year and the BBC has promised to deliver "a contemporary world of psychological mystery and darkness with a tap root that is sunk deep in Ireland's past." 

Netflix to make The Kissing Booth

We are thrilled to announce that Netflix have ordered a feature-length film adaption of The Kissing Booth by the wonderful Beth Reekles.

The film will be produced by London-LA based Komixx Media and will be directed by Vince Marcello whose credits include Disney’s Teen Beach Movie.

Beth wrote The Kissing Booth when she was 15 and became a Wattpad sensation. The debut novel has received more than 19 million reads worldwide.

Silver Screen beckons for BA Paris' Behind Closed Doors

Stone Village Productions have optioned the film and TV rights to the B.A. Paris #1 UK Kindle Bestselling novel Behind Closed Doors for a high six-figure sum.

Published in the UK by Harper Collins’ Mira imprint, the novel sold over 100,000 copies in its first 3 days of publishing and so far has sold into 10 foreign language territories.

The debut novel from Paris is about a couple with the perfect marriage, built on a terrifying secret. The honeymoon, after their idyllic wedding, kicks off a nail-biting pursuit with twists and turns that make you wonder what really happens with your married friends and neighbours, behind closed doors.

Stone Village Productions have produced a string of literary adaptations including The Lincoln Lawyer, The Human Stain and Love in the Time of Cholera. Currently they are developing Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven, and Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark, both for feature.

Dreamworks Studios buys John Connolly's Trilogy featuring Samuel Johnson & his loyal dog Boswell

Famed American Film Studio Deamworks has acquired bestselling writer John Connolly’s brilliant trilogy of middle-grade novels.

The three books are: The Gates; The Infernals; (Hell’s Bells in the UK) and The Creeps.

Featuring a young protagonist, Samuel Johnson and his loyal dog Boswell (a dachshund) who battle the forces of darkness just prior to Halloween as the gates of hell open at a house owned by Mrs Abernathy.

The Gates: The fate of humanity lies in the hands of one small boy, Samuel Johnson; an even smaller dog and a very unlikely demon named Nurd.
The Infernals: Samuel has won over the dark forces but he is dating the wrong girl and is still being hunted by Mrs Abernathy
The Creeps: Samuel’s allies now include two demons, a monster and a handful of dwarfs. But other demons are occupying his spare room and his town appears to be cursed and he is lured into a trap which tests his ingenuity to the limit.

‘Roald Dahl meets Harry Potter in these wonderfully strange and brilliant novels’

Triple Tana for TV

Tana French’s award winning literary crime novels In The Woods, The Likeness and Faithful Place are now under option to Euston Films.

The books, which have sold between them nearly 4 million copies internationally, have been both a commercial and critical success.

Set in Dublin, each novel follows a different case within the same fictional world: In The Woods centres on a pair of detectives investigating the murder of a 12-year-old girl; The Likeness is about a young female detective who goes undercover to solve a murder in an elite college town; and Faithful Place advances a supporting character from The Likeness to center stage as a detective discovering dark secrets from his past.

Kate Harwood (Luther, Criminal Justice) is the former head of BBC Drama Production and is now Managing Director of Euston, a prestige label that had gone dormant and was relaunched in 2014 as part of FremantleMedia UK. Euston’s LA based partners on this adaptation are Alan Gasmer (Vikings, Freud) and Peter Jaysen (FIRED UP) of Veritas Entertainment.

Latest Dramatic Rights Sales

It's a Wrap by Perdita & Honor Cargill
Exclusive Film Rights rights sold to Darley Anderson Agency

The Forever Court by Dave Rudden
Exclusive Film Rights rights sold to Prodigal

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Exclusive Film Rights rights sold to Stone Village Productions

Faithful Place by Tana French
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to Euston Films

The Likeness by Tana French
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to Euston Films

In The Woods by Tana French
Exclusive TV rights rights sold to Euston Films

Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden
Exclusive Film Rights rights sold to Prodigal

One Shot by Lee Child
Exclusive Film Rights rights sold to Paramount Pictures

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