Following a heated international auction, Anonymous Content, Chapter One and Hopscotch Features have jointly secured the television rights for Trent Dalton’s award-winning Australian bestseller, Boy Swallows Universe, in a deal negotiated on behalf of HarperCollins Australia.
Australian actor, director and writer, Joel Edgerton (Boy Erased) will produce the project alongside Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Sophie Gardiner for Chapter One and Troy Lum for Hopscotch Films. Dalton will also executive produce.
Boy Swallows Universe is a captivating coming-of-age story set in Brisbane’s violent working-class suburban fringe, inspired by the real-life events of journalist Trent Dalton’s complicated youth. It has sold over 160,000 copies in Australia alone since its publication in July 2018 and has been awarded Book of the Year at both the Indie Book Awards and the Australian Book Awards and was recently longlisted for The Miles Franklin Award. Boy Swallows Universe will be published across 34 English language and translation territories over the coming year, including in the US and the UK.
Trent Dalton is a staff writer for The Weekend Australian Magazine and a former assistant editor of The Courier Mail. He’s a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, a three-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards’ Features Journalist of the Year. Boy Swallows Universe is his first book.
Boy Swallows Universe is the first co-production between Anonymous Content and Chapter One. Chapter One Managing Director, Sophie Gardiner, will oversee the project on behalf of the production house while spearheading overall development of Chapter One’s content slate. Prior to joining Chapter One, Gardiner worked at Playground where she executive produced critically acclaimed programs including Howards End adapted by Oscar-winner Kenneth Lonergan for the BBC and Starz, and Heidi Thomas’s Little Women for the BBC and Masterpiece.
About Anonymous Content
Founded in 1999 by Steve Golin, Anonymous Content is a leading management and Film, TV and Commercial production company. Anonymous Content manages the careers of many of the world’s most renowned and innovative directors, writers, actors and comedians, working closely with them to achieve their goals by both creating and finding opportunities for them, whether in feature films, television, commercials, music videos or brand integrated content. Anonymous Content’s clients have been recognized with Academy Awards®, Emmys®, Golden Globes®, Tony Awards®, Pulitzer Prizes® and other prestigious awards. The company’s award-winning Film & TV division boasts many commercially successful and critically-acclaimed works, including BABEL, WINTER’S BONE, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, THE REVENANT and Best Picture Academy Award winning SPOTLIGHT. The company’s TV slate includes “True Detective” (HBO), “Homecoming” (Amazon), “Mr. Robot” (USA Network), “Schitt’s Creek” (POP), “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix), “The Alienist” (TNT), “Maniac” (Netflix), “Berlin Station” (EPIX), as well as the upcoming Catch-22 (Hulu), Dickinson (Apple) and Untitled Hilde Lysiak (Apple). Through its Commercial work, Anonymous Content is also the driving creative force behind countless top brands, including Prada, Nike and Coke. In 2016, Anonymous Content received a substantial minority investment from Emerson Collective, the organization founded and run by Laurene Powell Jobs, to allow the firm to expand its production offerings in socially-relevant content aimed at inspiring change. For more information, visit www.anonymouscontent.com.
About Hopscotch Films
Hopscotch Features is the base for producing partners Troy Lum, (producer of The Water Diviner, Saving Mr Banks; former EVP International Productions at Entertainment One), and Andrew Mason (producer of The Matrix, Dark City, The Water Diviner). Hopscotch Features’ output has included Anne Fontaine’s Adoration, starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright; Disney production, Saving Mr. Banks, with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson; and Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner. Hopscotch Features recently completed sci-fi action-packed comedy, Nekrotronic, starring Monica Bellucci and Ben O’Toole. Upcoming film projects include the Lee Miller biopic, starring Kate Winslet, and the adaptation of Anna Funder’s best-selling WWII espionage novel, All That I Am. The company’s move into TV includes adaptations of best-selling Irish-set thriller The Ruin, and of Bill Bryson’s iconic “Short HIstory of Nearly Everything”.
About Chapter One
Chapter One is a UK based production house launched by Anonymous Content, Casarotto and United Agents in June 2018. Bringing together three unique companies with a common purpose Chapter One has created an opportunity to more easily identify and collaborate with both established and emerging international talent and to deliver premium content. Chapter One is committed to making the best quality programming for a UK and international audience. Drawing on a fantastic range of creative talent from across the world the production house will create expanded opportunities for exceptional storytelling on a global scale. The joint venture is led by Managing Director, Sophie Gardiner, who joins the newly launched initiative from Playground where she executive produced programs such as Howards End for BBC/Starz; Little Women for BBC/PBS and Chimerica for Channel 4. Chapter One is currently developing a slate of high-quality content for film and television both in the UK and internationally.
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