Nicola Dinan’s debut novel ‘Bellies’ to be adapted for TV – The Hollywood Reporter

element imagesthe Irish bannerman behind the Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning hit adaptation of Sally Rooney’s play Normal peoplehas gotten another lively coming-of-age novel from a rapidly rising young author.

After what has been described as a hotly contested auction, the production company, in which Fremantle took a majority stake at the beginning of the year, it acquired the film and television rights to the first novel by Nicola Dinan bellies ahead of publication in the US and UK next summer. Element, which also produced adaptations of Rooney’s conversations with friends and nancy harris I dry itis working with Dinan to turn the novel into an eight-part series.

Moving from London to Kuala Lumpur, from New York to Cologne, bellies follows two queer students, Tom and Ming, who fall in love in college and find their relationship upended when Ming comes out as trans and decides to transition.

“The love story between Tom and Ming immediately sucked us in and transported us, and Nicola’s writing, which is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking,” said Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe and Chelsea Morgan Hoffmann of Element Pictures, who will star in the film. executives produce alongside Dinan. “We believe the world is hungry for a love story like theirs, one that really allows the space and complexity of their changing dynamics, both as Ming transitions and as the two grow into adulthood, while continuing to honor the emotion and intensity of first love. We are thrilled to bring her story to the screen and couldn’t be happier that Nicola is adapting.”

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doubleday is launching bellies in the UK in July 2023, followed by Hanover Square Press in the US in August.

“People have told me that bellies it has given them a new perspective,” said Dinan, now based in London and working on her second novel. “I think that’s really special and reminds me that fiction can illuminate in ways that hard facts often can’t. In her heart, bellies it is not about identity. Rather, it is about two young people struggling to find their place in the world, while learning to care for each other and those around them. I am very happy to work with Element and to have the opportunity to continue exploring these characters and share them with the world on screen.”

In addition to his success on the small screen, Element is also behind a string of highly acclaimed and award-winning films, including Room, the favorite Y Lobsterin addition to the recently launched The wonderstarring Florence Pugh, and the eternal daughterStarring Tilda Swinton.

fremantle will handle global sales of bellies with DeMaio Entertainment.

The film and television rights deal was negotiated by Lesley Thorne of Aitken Alexander Associates Ltd on behalf of Dinan and his literary agent Monica MacSwan, and Mark Byrne of Element Pictures.