TV coup for SA author

2013-06-03 09:24

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Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has bought the rights to adapt South African author Lauren Beukes’s latest novel, The Shining Girls, for a TV series.

DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, and Media Rights Capital (MRC), an independent film and television company, jointly procured the television rights to Beukes’ novel, Afrikaans daily Beeld reported today.

The plot of the science fiction novel, which is not yet available in the US but was published in South Africa in April, revolves around a serial killer from Chicago who time-travels to different eras to murder women with talent and potential.

The Shining Girls would be released in the US tomorrow, but early reviews there have been extremely positive.

Beukes confirmed on Twitter over the weekend that the rights to her novel had been sold.

“Official comment: Appian’s John Ridley has been crazy passionate about the book from the get-go and I love MRC’s thinking about future of TV,” she tweeted.

“I’m excited. John Ridley from Appian Way was passionate about the book right from the beginning,” she said.

Beukes was awarded the 2011 Arthur C Clarke prize for science fiction for her previous novel, Zoo City.

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