Scottish auteur Lynne Ramsay has struck a deal with BBC Films to adapt Lionel Shriver’s Orange Prize-winning novel “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
Ramsay is co-writing the script with Rob Festinger (“In the Bedroom”).
Set in New York, “We Need to Talk About Kevin” deals with the relationship between a reluctant mother and her obnoxious son who destroys his parents’ marriage and kills several of his classmates with a crossbow.
The book wasn’t embraced by U.S. readers when it was published Stateside (Shriver is American and, despite her nom de plume, a woman), but caused more of a stir in the U.K. It was a controversial winner of last year’s Orange Prize for female fiction.
Ramsay is also readying an original screenplay, with the working title “Peter, Paul and Mary” for Mark Herbert’s Warp Films.
It’s a three-handed sexual thriller, developed with coin from Screen Yorkshire and the Glasgow Film Fund. Herbert is hoping to take the script out to financiers in the next couple of months.