Film rights sold for A Game of Birds and Wolves

Rights - NonFiction Wednesday, 20 February 2019

True story of young women who rethought British naval strategy in the war bought by Steven Speilberg's Amblin Partners


Amblin Partners has snapped up the film rights to writer and journalist Simon Parkin’s forthcoming nonfiction book A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Secret Game That Won The War.

Publishing in hardback this November by Sceptre, A Game of Birds and Wolves 'unearths the true story of Operation Raspberry and the group of unlikely heroes – a rag-tag group of eight young women – whose eureka moment with a board game helped reinvent British naval strategy and turn the tide of the Second World War.'

Marc Platt and Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Productions (La La Land, Bridge of Spies, The Girl on the
Train) will produce, along with Amblin’s DreamWorks Pictures. DreamWorks Pictures is a film label
of Amblin Partners, a film and television production company led by Steven Spielberg. Vicky Jones, whose credits include BBC hit Killing Eve and Fleabag, will adapt the story for the screen.

A Game of Birds and Wolves
is due to be published in the UK in hardback, audio and eBook on 11 November by Sceptre. Juliet Brooke, editorial director at Sceptre, pre-empted World English rights last July with Vanessa Mobley at Little, Brown US from Jane Finigan at Lutyens and Rubinstein.

Parkin is contributing writer for the NewYorker.com, a regular contributor to The Guardian’s Long Read, a critic for The Observer, and writes regularly about gaming and video game culture 'and brings his unique background to this gripping story of military history and strategy.' He is represented by Lucinda Prain at Casarotto, Ramsay & Associates on behalf of Jane Finigan at Lutyens & Rubinstein.

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