Bill Kenwright Acquires Film Rights to Bestselling Dark, Spine-Tingling Psychological Thriller MY SISTER’S BONES By Nuala Ellwood | The Fan Carpet

Bill Kenwright Acquires Film Rights to Bestselling Dark, Spine-Tingling Psychological Thriller MY SISTER’S BONES By Nuala Ellwood

12 September 2017

Producer Bill Kenwright has optioned the screen rights to British author Nuala Ellwood’s bestselling thriller, MY SISTER’S BONES, described by the Observer as a debut which “…rivals The Girl on the Train as a compulsive read”.

A dark, spine-tingling psychological journey, which explores Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (and is partially inspired by the late Marie Colvin), MY SISTER’S BONES takes the conflicts of war, and of the domestic, and weaves a powerful story of love, regret, and hope. Published by Penguin it was critically acclaimed on its release in February 2017, described as “memorable (and) jaw-dropping …” by The Sunday Times, with the author named one of The Observer's 'New Faces of Fiction 2017′.

Kate, a decorated war reporter, returns home from Syria after the death of her mother. Haunted and isolated, Kate becomes increasingly aware of her feelings about her tragic childhood, whilst struggling to separate memories of Syria from day to day life. And when seemingly strange happen in the house next-door, Kate soon has to question what is actually real and what is just in her mind…

Producer Bill Kenwright commented on the acquisition “As a producer I am always looking for that intangible something special. And I love thrillers! On reading Nuala’s novel I immediately thought this could be the one; a thriller that transcends the genre, almost reinvents it. I bought multiple copies for my friends and the verdict was unanimous: the best British thriller in recent memory. So the search begins, to find a screen-writer that matches Nuala’s extraordinary talent for character, suspense and great story-telling.”

Author Nuala Ellwood said “I am thrilled that Bill Kenwright Films has optioned the film rights to my novel MY SISTER'S BONES. Bill’s passion and enthusiasm for MY SISTER'S BONES and the direction he would like to take it in has truly blown me away. With his track record and passion for producing outstanding British drama, including the award-winning Broken and the recently released Another Mother’s Son, I am delighted that MY SISTER'S BONES will be brought to the big screen by such a dynamic and visionary producer.”

Ellwood’s book agent Madeleine Milburn added “I am so excited that the King of Theatre and Film, Bill Kenwright, will be adapting My Sister’s Bones for screen. His passion for Nuala Ellwood’s clever and atmospheric thriller blew us away.”

Bill Kenwright Films optioned the rights from Marc Simonsson (SoloSon Media), on behalf of Madeleine Milburn Ltd.

Bill Kenwright Films is an independent film and television production company, owned by Everton Football Club chairman and prolific theatre and Film producer Bill Kenwright. Previous film credits include: The Day After The Fair, Stepping Out, Don't Go Breaking My Heart, and Cheri, (dir. Stephen Frears; starring Michelle Pfeiffer; written by Christopher Hampton) and Broken (dir. Rufus Norris; starring Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear), winner of the Best British Independent Film Award at the BIFAs in 2012. Bill Kenwright Films recently produced My Pure Land which premiered as part of this year’s EIFF official selection, and drama short The Hope Rooms (starring Ciarán Hinds and Andrew Scott) winner of Grand Prix Future Filmmaker Award, Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival 2016, and Another Mother’s Son (starring Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Amanda Abbington, Ronan Keating) about the Nazi occupation of Jersey in the Channel Islands during WW2.

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