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‘The Ruin’ optioned for film

Dervla McTiernan’s debut crime novel The Ruin (HarperCollins) has been optioned for film by Australian film production company Hopscotch Features.

Curtis Brown agent Tara Wynne negotiated the deal directly with Hopscotch head of production Maeva Gatineau. Hopscotch producer Andrew Mason—whose credits include The Matrix, Dark City and The Water Diviner—is also on board for the project.

The Ruin is one of the best debut novels we’ve read—a tensely moving page-turner from a crime writer on everyone’s list to watch. Hopscotch is thrilled to be able to bring Dervla’s rich characters and beautifully crafted cinematic world to the screen,’ said Gatineau.

McTiernan said it was ‘a dream come true’ for any debut novelist to have their work optioned for film. ‘I’m thrilled that Hopscotch Features are so excited about The Ruin, and love that what they like about the book is everything that matters to me. I can’t wait to see what they do with the story.’

Launched in 2009, Hopscotch’s previous production credits include the film adaptation of The Water Diviner (Andrew Anastasios & Meaghan Wilson Anastasios, Macmillan), Adoration and Saving Mr Banks. The company also has plans for a feature adaptation of Anna Funder’s All That I Am (Penguin).



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