Wolf Hall producer to adapt Adults

Wolf Hall Emma Jane Unsworth is set to adapt her second novel, Adults, for television after Playground and wiip optioned the screen rights. 

The London-set book centres on Jenny, a thirty-something who has lost touch with herself and the life she once loved. 

Playground, run by Colin Callender and best-known for Wolf Hall and Howards End, will produce the series with Paul Lee’s wiip.

Unsworth, Callender, Lee and Nne Ebong will executive produce.

Unsworth said: “I’m so excited to be working with Playground and wiip to create something really bold and different. I think the mid-thirties are a very specific time for women. I personally had a huge identity crisis. 

“Adults is about a woman who needs to fall back in love with her life. She needs to fall back in love with her mother, her friends, her body, and her - disappointing, failed, awful, messy - self. That’s the beating heart of the story. I want to make women laugh, cringe, get angry, stick a flag in their desires, and feel solidarity.”

Callender added: “Emma is one of the most exciting young voices in contemporary literature. Her wit, authentic storytelling and unique perspective are exceptional, and we look forward to working closely with her to bring her insightful and timely novel to the screen.”

Unsworth adapted her first novel Animals, as a film starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat. Sarah Brocklehurst produced and Sophie Hyde directed; the feature premiered at Sundance. 

Wolf Hall photo: Ed Miller - © 2014 - Playground & Company Pictures.

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