BBC-Studios-backed production company Brock Media has optioned Andreina Cordani’s first adult novel The Twelve Days of Murder from Zaffre, the flagship fiction imprint of Bonnier Books UK.
Brock Media, which produced the screen adaptations of Emma Jane Unsworth’s Animals and Amy Liptrot’s The Outrun will work with Phoebe Eclair-Powell (Two Weeks To Live, The Road Trip) to adapt the novel for television.
The Twelve Days of Murder is a contemporary Christmas whodunnit centred around The Masquerade Murder Society.
Andreina Cordani said: ‘This has to be the best early Christmas present ever – I’m so thrilled that my ghastly set of characters could be coming to the TV screen. I hope it will make excellent dark and festive viewing.”
Sarah Brocklehurst, founder of Brock Media, said: “We are thrilled to be developing The Twelve Days of Murder for television. Andreina Cordani has written an incredibly entertaining and well-plotted murder mystery full of twists, suspense and glorious characters. It’s deliciously bingeable and will be perfect for mainstream festive season viewing.”
Stella Giatrakou, Adult Rights Director at Bonnier Books UK said: “We’re hugely excited to be selling rights to this festive locked-room murder mystery for the millennial age! Nothing more exciting than secrets, backstabbing and a Christmasy background to hook readers – publishers abroad were dead keen to read…”
Kelly Smith, Senior Editor, Zaffre, said: ‘‘Andreina’s delightfully deadly festive tale will be perfect winter viewing. I cannot wait to see her murderous masquerade come to life!’
The deal was facilitated by Marc Simonsson of SoloSon Media.
To date, publishing rights have sold to the United States (Pegasus & Dreamscape), Italy (Newton Compton), Spain (Newton Compton) and are also under offer in Hungary.