Dear Mrs Bird has been optioned for television! We’ve been having secret meetings and discussions with quite a number of production companies for several months and I am so pleased I can finally talk about it.
As you can imagine it’s pretty giddy stuff even thinking about it. I’m downright chuffed to bits that I will be working with 42, the producers behind the upcoming productions of Jerusalem, (a 6-part drama series set just after WW2 for Channel 4), and the new version of Watership Down, which is going to be 4 x 1 hour animated mini-series for BBC and Netflix. (It’s pretty starry - James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega, Sir Ben Kingsley, Daniel Kaluuya, Gemma Arterton and Olivia Colman…. Seriously!)
But the main thing is that the 42 team are really lovely, they absolutely ‘get’ Dear Mrs Bird, have hugely exciting ideas on how to turn it into a TV drama, and most of all really understand how dearly I love all the characters. We’ll be collaborating closely, but as I’m head down juggling writing Book 2 with doing promotion for the April launch of DMB, it’s just wonderful to know that Dear Mrs Bird is in such caring and inspiring hands.
It’s a long old haul with TV but I promise to keep you posted, of course.