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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 producers in the UK and internationally, we look to place material in the hands of brilliant and passionate industry professionals with the vision and determination to get out authors' books adapted for the screen.

Darley Anderson handles dramatic rights for some authors. In 2013, he brought Dramatic Rights Agent, Sheila David, into the Agency.

Since coming in-house in 2013, Sheila has set up film and tv options for many Agency authors, orchestrating deals direct to studios and to independent TV and Film producers around the world. This year we have projects for film and tv at all stages: in active development, in production, in post-production and being broadcast on prime time TV.

In LA, the Agency has an excellent twenty-year relationship with US Talent Agent Steve Fisher at 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.

Dramatic Rights News

BBC Confirms Cast For Tana French's Dublin Murders Series

Killian Scott (Strike) and Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) are both confirmed as the leading detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox in the TV adaptation of Tana French’s internationally bestselling first two novels, In The Woods and The Likeness. Scott and Greene are joined by a predominantly Irish cast who have starred in hit TV shows including Game of Thrones and Vikings.

The eight part series, Dublin Murders, will be shown on BBC One, Starz and RTÉ. Sarah Phelps (And Then There Were None; Ordeal By Innocence) has written the screenplay.

BBC Executive Producer Elizabeth Kilgarriff says: “Dublin Murders is set to be a distinctive and thrilling new crime series for the BBC audience.”

Tana French is a New York Times Bestselling author, her novels have been translated into 35 languages.

For more information: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2018/dublin-murders


The Search For A New Jack Reacher Begins

Tom Cruise previously starred as Jack Reacher in two major Hollywood movies but will not be reprising the role for TV.

Lee Child commended Cruise for all his work, saying, “I loved working with him, and he’s a terrific guy, and I loved what he did in both movies, but THE FANS never quite accepted the physicality aspect, so we’re making a change. But I’ll miss him and won’t hear a word against him.”

So the search is on to find a new Jack Reacher and now Lee is calling on fans everywhere to help him look out for an unknown actor (or relative unknown) to play Jack Reacher in the forthcoming series. Let them know! 

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.

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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