It has been announced that BBC Films and Shine Pictures have acquired the rights to psychological thriller ‘The Farm,’ the latest novel from Tom Rob Smith, author of ‘Child 44.’
Set in London and Sweden, the bestseller centres on Daniel, a 29-year-old Londoner who believes his parents are living a peaceful life on a remote, bucolic farm in rural Sweden, that is, until he receives a frantic call from his father. His mother has escaped from a mental hospital shortly after being committed. Then, he hears from his mother: she pleads with him to allow her the chance to tell her story. Daniel must decide whether she is a victim of a terrible conspiracy, or, as his father fears, is suffering a psychotic episode. Daniel soon becomes entwined in an urgent tale of secrets, lies and a horrible crime that implicates his own father.
Ollie Madden of Shine Pictures will produce the adaptation, with Christine Langan executive producing for BBC Films.
“I’ve been a huge fan of Tom’s novels since Child 44, and when I picked up The Farm I read it in one, enrapt sitting,” said Madden. “It’s very rare that you read something which is simultaneously thrilling, thought-provoking, totally unpredictable and packs a real emotional punch. We look forward to adapting Tom’s brilliant work into a feature film.”
Langan added,, “The Farm skewers you on the horns of a fabulous dilemma while effortlessly drawing you into a curious and strangely sinister world. Tom Rob Smith’s latest novel is a sophisticated, layered narrative with real page turning urgency.”