The Ink Factory, producer of “The Night Manager,” has scooped rights to supernatural tale “Devil’s Day” and will adapt it for TV. The book was published this month and is the second from Andrew Michael Hurley.
The British author is hot property after winning numerous accolades for his first book, “The Loney,” including the Costa First Novel Award and the British Book Awards Book of the Year. Stephen King called it “an amazing piece of fiction.”
“Devil’s Day” is set in northern England, where the central character, John Pentecost, returns each year to help his family gather the sheep down from the hills, a process involving ancient lore, mythology, and the devil. When his grandfather dies, Pentecost and his pregnant wife, Kat, are drawn into fermenting local tensions, and become entangled in a haunted past.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be working on the screen adaptation of ‘Devil’s Day’ with The Ink Factory,” Hurley said. “From the first meeting, it was clear that their vision of the relationship between the valley, moorland and the characters matched my own.”
The Ink Factory scored a global hit with “The Night Manager,” the John le Carre adaptation for the BBC and AMC and distributed by Endeavor. The London- and L.A.-based film and TV producer, which is run by Le Carre’s sons Simon and Stephen Cornwell (pictured), is currently working on a TV version of “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” also for the BBC and AMC. There is also talk of a second season of “The Night Manager.”
The “Devil’s Day” deal was brokered by Luke Speed of Curtis Brown Group on behalf of Lucy Luck of C+W Literary Agency. There are no broadcast or streaming partners yet, as the book has only just been optioned.
Emma Broughton, head of development at The Ink Factory, said the book is ripe for adaptation. “Its beguiling, complex characters, compulsive narrative, and extraordinary evocation of landscape match absolutely, in sensibility and ambition, our commitment to create brilliant, bold, and thrilling drama,” she said.