Benedict Cumberbatch just bought a book. But hen he buys a book, he really buys a book.
What’s it about?
In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z’s small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds.
This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. Startlingly beautiful, Megan Hunter’s The End We Start From is a gripping novel that paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening. And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this family’s world – of new life and new hope – sings with love.
Variety quotes Cumberbatch saying “The End We Start From is a stunning tale of motherhood. Megan has crafted a striking and frighteningly real story of a family fighting for survival that will make everyone stop and think about what kind of planet we are leaving behind for our children. We’re beyond thrilled to be bringing this story to life.”
The movie will be produced by Cumberbatch, Marshall, Adam Ackland, and Sophie Hunter.
Other productions from SunnyMarch include an adaptation of Matt Haig’s upcoming book How to Stop Time, Geoffrey Household’s novel Rogue Male, producing TV adaptations of Ian McEwan’s The Child in Time and Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels.
He must have quite the library!
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