Screen rights to ‘The Nowhere Child’ acquired
Australian production company Carver Films and US-based production company Anonymous Content have acquired screen rights to Christian White’s debut thriller The Nowhere Child (Affirm).
Carver Films is known for producing feature film Snowtown and TV drama Sunshine, while Anonymous Content’s screen credits include True Detective, 13 Reasons Why, The Revenant, Babel and Spotlight.
The deal was brokered by Jennifer Naughton and Candice Thom of RGM Artists in Sydney.
White will be involved in developing The Nowhere Child for screen, alongside Carver’s Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw, and Anonymous Content’s Luke Rivett and Steve Golin.
Carver said in a statement that the team was excited to start work on the project with Anonymous. ‘It’s an enthralling, combustible tale of identity and buried secrets, and we are so excited to be collaborating with Christian on this next phase,’ said the company.
White said that the idea of a screen adaption of his novel is ‘beyond exciting’. ‘Having worked with Carver before, I know their passion for storytelling is contagious, and Anonymous Content has produced some of my all-time favourite film and TV. Any second now, I’m sure I’ll wake up and discover this is all just a wonderful dream,’ he said.
White’s novel, published on 26 June, recently broke the record for the fastest selling Australian debut novel ever, with more than 25,000 sales recorded in its first eight weeks of release. The novel is also soon to be published in 15 countries and translated into 11 languages.