Deon Meyer's Benny Griessel novels to be adapted for screen

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Deon Meyer's Benny Griessel novels are being adapted for screen.

The award-winning author has just released the latest novel in the book series titled, The Dark Flood. The books centre on Benny Griessel, a Cape Town detective inspector who investigates crimes and battles with his own personal demons.

In an interview with News24 Books, the 63-year-old revealed that a British company had optioned the entire literary series.

"I've seen the first script, and I think it's very good. They have a really good team working on it, and I'm involved too. They're going to cast South Africans. They're hoping to get going early next year. We hope to make an announcement soon," said Deon.

Deon's work is no stranger to screen adaptations. The adaption of his novel Trackers - a co-production between M-Net and Cinemax – shattered viewership records and became the most popular show on M-Net in 2019. It went on to make its international debut on Cinemax in June 2020.

Other series include Cape Town, an adaption of the book Dead Before Dying broadcast in 2016 on Universal TV and Orion that was broadcast on kykNET in 2006.

Deon further teased that they are busy adapting three books, two for TV, one for a movie. He said that while the process is fun, it is also very time consuming "because it keeps me from writing the next novel".

"But we are living in a new golden age of television, with streaming platforms and so on, so you've got to take the opportunity while it's there."

READ MORE | The seedy super-rich, Stellenbosch detectives, and a motorbike - How Deon Meyer plotted The Dark Flood 

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