Lockwood & Co. optioned for TV adaptation by Big Talk Productions

The best-selling book series, set in an alternative London, launched in 2013 and sold to 24 countries around the world.

To coincide with the release of the highly anticipated final instalment of the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud we are delighted to announce Big Talk Productions’ plan to adapt these much-loved books for television.

Big Talk’s credits include the recent feature film, Baby Driver, which has just passed $200m in worldwide box office. They are currently in production on Joe Cornish’s new movie. In television, recent credits include Back (Channel 4) and Cold Feet (ITV). They also produced Rev. (BBC) & Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4).

Rachael Prior and Kenton Allen, Head of Film and CEO of Big Talk respectively, said, “Big Talk are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Jonathan’s amazing Lockwood & Co. universe to TV. We’ve been passionate fans of this series of books for a long time, and feel a great affinity with their distinct Britishness, innovative world building, vibrantly drawn characters and joyful command of genre. Lockwood & Co. will be a highly original, distinctively authored, ghost-detective show to enthral audiences of all ages and we’re looking forward to working together to make that happen.”

The deal was brokered by Charlotte Knight (Knight Hall Agency Ltd.) on behalf of Laura Cecil Literary Agency.

The fifth and final instalment of the award-winning Lockwood & Co. series, The Empty Grave, is publishing with Penguin Random House this week (Thursday 21st September).

Today’s TV adaptation news will continue to build momentum amongst readers and within the publishing trade, as Francesca Dow, Managing Director of Penguin Random House, explains, “We are thrilled that the fantastic Lockwood & Co. series has been optioned for TV adaptation. Jonathan’s writing is so cinematic and atmospheric I’m sure his books will adapt brilliantly to the screen, delighting his many fans and bringing these wonderful stories to an even wider audience.”

Lockwood & Co. is a best-selling series, launched in 2013 and sold to 24 countries around the world. It is set in an alternative London, beset by an epidemic of spooks and ghouls. Only a few young people have the abilities to see and hear these supernatural terrors, and it’s their job to fight them. The smallest, most ramshackle psychic detection agency of all is Lockwood & Co.

Jonathan Stroud says: “I’m hopping with delight at the prospect of Lockwood being brought to the screen by Big Talk. I’ve loved so many of their movies and shows over the years – their unique sensibility blends comedy, adventure and horror beautifully, and is in perfect synthesis with Lockwood’s world. I can’t wait for us to take up our rapiers, salt bombs and iron chains and get to work.”

The Empty Grave is published by Corgi, a Penguin Random House imprint, on 21st September 2017.

For more information please contact Charlotte Knight at Knight Hall Agency Ltd. at 020 3397 2902 or [email protected].

For Big Talk information please contact Rich Cain at IJPR at 0207 836 3030 or [email protected].