Benedict Cumberbatch’s Company to Adapt Novel ‘The End We Start From’ Into Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch and Hera Pictures have acquired the feature film rights to Megan Hunter’s hotly anticipated debut novel, “The End We Start From.”

The book, published by Picador this week, follows a new mother and her newborn, who are turned into refugees following an environmental crisis in the U.K. Forced to leave their home after London is submerged in flood waters, the family must search for safety in a country thrown into chaos.


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“‘The End We Start From’ is a stunning tale of motherhood,” Cumberbatch said. “Megan has crafted a striking and frighteningly real story of a family fighting for survival that will make everyone stop and think about what kind of planet we are leaving behind for our children. We’re beyond thrilled to be bringing this story to life.”

“This exquisite piece of writing is profoundly moving,” Hera Pictures founder Liza Marshall said. “It captures the deep love between a mother and child while forcing us all to consider what the world could become if climate change destabilized everything we take for granted. Megan has written something very special and unique and we’re excited and honored to have the opportunity to make it into a film.”

The movie will be produced by Cumberbatch, Marshall, Adam Ackland, and Sophie Hunter.

“I am absolutely delighted that such a talented, passionate, and dynamic team will be working together to create a film version of ‘The End We Start From,'” Hunter said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to see my work translated into a new medium, particularly by a group of people with such a heartfelt appreciation of the book. I can’t wait to see what emerges from this exciting collaboration.”

Since launching the banner in 2013, SunnyMarch has quietly built an exciting slate that includes an adaptation of Matt Haig’s upcoming book “How to Stop Time” and Geoffrey Household’s classic British novel “Rogue Male.” SunnyMarch’s TV arm, supported by StudioCanal, is producing TV adaptations of Ian McEwan’s “The Child in Time” and Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels.

The production company also recently come on to produce “Rio,” which stars Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Marshall is currently in post-production on “Riviera,” a 10-part series for Sky Atlantic, and “The State,” a four-part drama about ISIS from Peter Kosminsky for Channel 4, co-produced with National Geographic.

Cumberbatch is represented by UTA and Conway van Gelder Grant. Hunter is repped by Emma Paterson at Rogers, Coleridge & White, and Lucinda Prain at Casarotto, Ramsay & Associates.

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  1. Isabelle says:

    I hope the book is worthy of all this, and not just another case of nepotism ( I guess Mrs. Hunter is related to one of the producers) it’s a first novel and just published recently, there are a lot of writers out there waiting for a chance, BTW the plot reminds me a lot of Cargo and children of men, well time will tell

  2. SophieS says:

    She’s not Sophie Hunter anymore, she’s Mrs Sophie Cumberbatch. Please show that gorgeous woman the respect she deserves and call her by her correct name – Sophie Cumberbatch.

    • ViolaR says:

      Respect is something you earn. Until she does, we’ll call her whatever she sees fit.

    • suelh121 says:

      She may still use Hunter as her professional name. That way, she is seen as an independent professional as opposed to being seen as a wife. Not uncommon in the professional and artistic worlds.

  3. Marcella says:

    Sunnymarch are putting together an extraordinary array of top quality material. I expect Mr Cumberbatch as either producer or actor will be winning arms full of trophies over the next year or so. Very exciting for those who like prestige material handled sensitively.

  4. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    “The movie will be produced by Cumberbatch, Marshall, Adam Ackland, and Sophie Hunter.”

    I suppose you meant *Megan* Hunter here?

    • SunnyD says:

      Just checked with the author. Cumberbatch’s wife is producing, not her. BTW: Megan Hunter is a pen name.

      • ogg921 says:

        HunterbatchFan4eva! says: “Soooo glad Sophie is getting work, prove those haters wrong!”

        “getting work? Really? I hardly think being associated with projects that successful, famous spouse’s pre-marriage company is producing is a major feather in one’s cap. Most people would consider it nepotism, nothing else.
        Nepotism has long been the way many people get their START in whatever industry. It isn’t “hating” to say that Mrs. Cumberbatch hardly had a rousingly successful career prior to marriage, (though she was long past getting her “start”). There is no career evidence to support the notion, that aside from her spouse’s connections (as a company OWNER), opportunities like this would have presented themselves to her. There’s also nothing to indicate she brings a special expertise to the project, for which someone else with actual EXPERIENCE as a producer couldn’t provide.
        An unvarnished case of nepotism is hardly the kind of thing to prove “haters wrong”. Far more likely, it will confirm some of their suspicions.

      • HunterbatchFan4eva! says:

        Megan Hunter is Cumberbatchs sister-in-law, married to Sophies brother. Soooo glad Sophie is getting work, prove those haters wrong!

    • Kreizimam says:

      Sophie Hunter is Cumberbatch’s wife. So it could be not a typo. Though it makes a confusing read that they quote Megan Hunter right after.

      • Valma says:

        It isn’t a typo or anything that needs to be corrected. The company that is putting out the book put out a press release just the other day that clearly stated that Sophie Hunter (not Megan Hunter) is one of the producers of this proposed film. I would think they would know who was involved in any production talks.

      • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

        Ah yes. But it says at the end that “Hunter is repped by Emma Paterson at Rogers, Coleridge & White”, which is Megan Hunter’s literary agency. So I do think it was a typo in this case. Easy mistake to make, though, as both have the same name! Hope it will be corrected.

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