It’s been hard keeping up with Bernardine Evaristo ever since winning the Book Prize launched her into the global literary limelight.
The latest addition to this heartwarming strings of achievements is the acquisition of the screen rights to Girl, Woman, Other by Potboiler Television.
The British production company is run by BAFTA Award-winning producer Andrea Calderwood and Gail Egan. You might know them from their work on the Academy Award-winning movie The Constant Gardener and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Another high profile adaptation coming out of their stable is Adichie’s Americanah, which is about to go into production for HBO Max.
“We are delighted to be working with Bernardine on bringing this vibrant and joyous novel to the screen.” Gail Egan said. “It is a vivid and authentic as well as important story of our times.”
BIG news for @BernardineEvari, as her @TheBookerPrizes winning Girl, Woman, Other is being adapted for the screen by Potboiler Television! Read more about the exciting news here: https://t.co/E3QFQwLtSC pic.twitter.com/CzZDtAUvM9
— The Bookseller (@thebookseller) March 12, 2020
Bernardine Evaristo reacted to the news on Twitter.
— Bernardine Evaristo (@BernardineEvari) March 13, 2020
Girl, Woman, Other is an exciting addition to an ever-growing number of African novels to cross into the motion picture and television industry over the past five years: Jacqui L’Ange’s The Seed Thief, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, Uzodinma Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation, Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls, Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death?. Kpano Matlwa’s Coconut and Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King.
We are thrilled for Bernardine Evaristo!