We’ve got some fantastic news here at Dubai Eye 103.8. Our very own Brandy Scott has signed a deal television deal for her debut novel! Not Bad People has been acquired by a major New Zealand film and television producer, John Barnett. (He made pretty much all the TV Brandy watched growing up.) His Endeavour Ventures has optioned the novel with the view to turning it into an eight-part TV series.
If you haven’t read it yet, Not Bad People follows three Australian women who decide to mark New Year’s Eve by releasing sky lanterns in a ‘letting go’ ceremony. Their impulsive gesture kickstarts a chain of disastrous events that upends their friendships, families and careers. (No spoilers!) Reviewers have compared the novel to Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies.
Dubai Eye 103.8 launched Not Bad People here in Dubai earlier this month with a room full of proud listeners and colleagues at the Address Hotel Downtown – and it comes out in the US this Tuesday.
John Barnett has said he is ‘thrilled’ to have secured the book for adaption, adding: “It’s a great story with instantly recognisable and accessible characters.” Barnett has had great success with adaptations, notably with films like the Oscar-nominated Whale Rider. “The desirability of adaptations is that an audience is aware of the content and the author has already worked through character and plot to craft a tale which in books like Not Bad People already delivers drama, tension, love, loss, hopes and dreams,” he said.
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