BBest-selling author Ben Aaronovitch has teamed up with new independent films Pure Fiction and See-Saw Films to bring together for the first time his nine best-selling Rivers of London novels along with short stories, novels and graphic novels that set them apart. accompany for an adaptation to the screen.
The adaptations will also be made with Unnecessary Logo, Aaronovitch’s own production company, recently established with fellow directors, John Berlyne and Keith Northrop.
Pure Fiction Television is the new company launched by Tom Winchester (Clickbait, The Capture, Endeavour) who recently left his role as President of Heyday Television where he worked for more than three years as a producing partner of David Heyman (Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood, Paddington 1 & 2, Harry Potter). During Winchester’s tenure, Heyday Television has been proactive in the high-end book space, opting for, among other things, Liane Moriarty’s latest novel Apples Never Fall and New York Times bestseller The Push by Ashley. Audrey.
See-Saw’s recent TV production includes Slow Horses and The Essex Serpent for Apple TV+, both based on bestselling novels, and Heartstopper for Netflix, written by Alice Oseman and based on her graphic novel of the same name.
Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London novels, published by Orion Books, have consistently made The Sunday Times bestseller list since the first title was published in 2011. The ninth novel, Amongst Our Weapons, went straight to No. 1, just like the eighth, False value before. Aaronovitch’s work has been translated into fourteen languages and sold more than five million copies worldwide. The world of Rivers of London has expanded to include novels, short stories, comics, games and graphic novels.
Winchester said: “Anyone who loves British fantasy knows the name of PC Peter Grant and the world of Rivers of London, where gods and goddesses walk among us through the city streets. As a lifelong fan, it’s a huge honor to partner with Ben in bringing his unique blend of contemporary urban fantasy and gripping crime stories to the screen.
Aaronovitch has experience writing for television, having started his career as a screenwriter on Doctor Who (Remembrance of the Daleks). He will executive produce the series through Unnecessary Logo alongside Pure Fiction Television and See-Saw Films. He said, “It’s always a joy and a privilege to work with such talented people and I’m confident that together we can produce ridiculously brilliant television.”
The deal was negotiated by Simon Gillis, COO of See-Saw, on behalf of See-Saw and Pure Fiction and by John Berlyne and Keith Northrop on behalf of Unnecessary Logo
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