Lunar Park options Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season for TV

Claire Coughlan
Rights - Fiction Tuesday, 16 April 2019

New venture from Harriet Hammond and Daz Spencer Lovesey of Bad Penny Productions


Lunar Park has bought the rights to develop Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season, first published by Bloomsbury in 2013 and a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, into a "major" TV series. The deal was brokered by Kirsty McLachlan at DGA Associates. Lunar Park is a new venture from Harriet Hammond and Daz Spencer Lovesey of Bad Penny Productions, and will focus on original drama aimed at the direct to Television and SVOD markets.

The Bone Season made headlines when Bloomsbury signed it while Shannon was a student at Oxford University. It is the first in a seven-book series set in a dystopian future where clairvoyance is a crime, forcing 19-year-old dreamwalker Paige Mahoney into a double life, using her skills in the criminal underworld but all the while concealing her talents in order to survive. It has been translated into 26 languages.

Shannon will be "working closely" with the production company on the adapation as a screenwriter. She said: "I'm so pleased to have teamed up with Harriet Hammond to bring The Bone Season to the small screen. TV has come such a long way in recent years and offers rich opportunities for a long series like this one - there's so much room for character development and expansion on the source material. It's also very exciting to be able to re-approach the novels as a screenwriter. Once a book is out in the world, it's essentially set in stone, but adapting The Bone Season for TV will allow me to explore the world of Scion in even more depth and consider the story from new angles. I'm looking forward to the journey."

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