The announcement coincides with the release of the highly anticipated next novel by writer Jane Corry.
Big Talk Productions and Mr. Mudd are delighted to announce that they plan to adapt the much-loved book My Husband’s Wife for television. Published by Penguin UK and Penguin USA, the title is a Sunday Times #5 paperback fiction bestseller and a Washington Post #8 hardback fiction bestseller.
My Husband’s Wife is a female-driven domestic thriller by writer Jane Corry about love, marriage and murder in an ever-changing East London. The story unfolds over two decades and charts the lives of Lily, a 25-year-old rookie London lawyer, and Carla, her immigrant neighbour’s young daughter who lives in a flat across the hall from Lily and her new husband. The two women form a close bond which will irrevocably change their lives forever.
Television rights were acquired by Big Talk Productions and Mr. Mudd from agent Rebecca Watson at Valerie Hoskins Associates Ltd. on behalf of Kate Hordern of KHLA.
Big Talk’s credits include the recent feature film, Baby Driver, which passed $200m in worldwide box office. In television, recent credits include Mum (BBC Two), Back (Channel 4) and Cold Feet (ITV). They also produced Rev. (BBC Two) & five series of Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4).
Mr. Mudd is run by Russell Smith, Lianne Halfon and John Malkovich, and they have been producing independent films for twenty years. Credits include Ghost World, Juno and The Perks of Being A Wallflower, to name a few.
Luke Alkin, Big Talk Executive Producer – Drama, said: ‘My Husband’s Wife is such an emotionally rich and psychologically satisfying novel. We’re delighted to be developing it for the screen with our wonderful partners at Mr. Mudd.’
Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith, Mr. Mudd said: ‘Jane Corry has written a thriller with a complex heroine who is also eminently relatable. My Husband’s Wife is a great contemporary tale in the hands of terrific storytellers. We are very excited to be working with them.’
Katy Loftus, editorial director at Penguin and Corry’s editor, said: ‘I am tremendously excited to see My Husband’s Wife optioned by Big Talk and Mr. Mudd. Lily and Carla have peopled my imagination since I first met them, and I can’t wait to see these two incredible and complex women brought to life. The dangerous world of prison and courtroom that Jane writes about so compellingly is perfect for the screen, and who better to do that than Big Talk and Mr. Mudd?”
Jane Corry added: ‘This is a dream come true for me. I am utterly thrilled that Big Talk and Mr. Mudd have proposed to (and been accepted by) My Husband’s Wife. I can’t wait to see it on screen. I am also extremely grateful to everyone who helped to make this happen.’
Jane’s latest domestic psychological thriller, The Dead Ex, was published on 28 June and is a Sunday Times #7 paperback fiction bestseller.
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