Studiocanal’s Urban Myth snaps up TV Rights To Lucy Clarke’s THE HIKE

27.09.2023

Amazing news for Lucy Clarke and her new novel, THE HIKE. Studiocanal’s Urban Myth Films have signed a deal for exclusive TV and rights. The announcement was made on Deadline Hollywood today...

"The Hike will be made into a TV series by the Studiocanal-backed Lazarus Project producer, penned by Boiling Point’s Roanne Bardsley. No network is attached as of yet.

The Hike follows friends Maggie, Helena, Liz and Joni as they leave behind their everyday lives to hike out into the beautiful Norwegian wild. But there’s a darker side to the wilderness – and waiting on the trail is someone who’d do anything to stop the group walking away alive.

The move follows a busy couple of years for Clarke, who has seen her novels No Escape and The Castaways adapted for TV by Paramount+, although neither were produced by Urban Myth. The former starred Abigail Lawrie and Rhianne Bareto and aired earlier this year, while the Sheridan Smith-led latter is in production and was one of the first streamer series unveiled after the writers strike was called.

Bardlsey is a writer and AP on the BBC’s upcoming TV version of Philip Barantini’s Boiling Point, with other credits including Apple TV+’s upcoming The Buccaneers, Channel 4’s Screw and Netflix’s Everything Now from The Crown maker Left Bank. Urban Myth, meanwhile, is developing TV adaptations of the latest in the Has Fallen franchise and The Wicker Man, the latter with Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium.

“We’re so excited to bring to screen a transportive thriller set in the raw and beautiful Norwegian wilderness, which dives deep into the complexities of female friendships when pushed to breaking point,” said Clarke.

Bardsley branded The Hike – Clarke’s eighth novel – a “story of female friendship and survival set against a spectacular Norwegian landscape.”

The book deal was negotiated by Jane Villiers at Sayle Screen on behalf of Judith Murray at Greene & Heaton."

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