Archery Pictures, the UK film and television company based on Operation Mincemeat's recent WWII drama, and shows including Fate: The Winx Saga and Riviera, has acquired the TV rights to Ned Beauman's next novel Venomous Lumpsucker.
The dark comedy, due to be released in the United Kingdom (Sceptre) and the United States in July, is set in a dystopian near future, plagued by climate change and where tens of thousands of animals are gone forever. Humanity's last hope is the biobanks, impregnable vaults, where the DNA of every organism can be preserved forever. In the aftermath, a troubled conservationist and a crooked mining exec must meet in search of the ve
Venomous Lumpsucker is a hilarious and thrilling journey, and the more the story unravels, the stranger things become. Its about environmental collapse, corporate greed, and humanity's complex relationship with nature. It's a bold, offbeat, and somewhat absurd story, and it couldn't be more timely. Ned Beauman is a genius, and we couldn't be more pleased to be developing his masterpiece.
Venomous Lumpsucker is the fifth novel from Beauman, a multi-award-winning British journalist and writer. Beauman has been nominated for several awards, including the Booker and Desmond Elliot prize, and has received a number of awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award.
"I'm adamant that I have no hope of selling TV rights," Beauman said of this novel. "I'm especially pleased that Archery was able to take it on because I have been working with them on something else, so I already know they're really good."