National Book Award Winner ‘Rabbit Hutch’ Selected for TV – The Hollywood Reporter

Newly drawn National Book Award winning novel Rabbithutch being treated on TV.

Fremantle and the producer of Richard Brown’s Passenger film selected author Tess Gunty’s debut novel after a competitive bidding process. Brown (True DetectiveHulu Catch-22) will produce the project, with Gunty participating as executive producer.

“Tess Gunty has written an incredibly creative and mesmerizing novel with irresistible characters, including an all-time heroine,” Brown said in a statement. “We’re glad she trusted us to bring it to the screen.”

Published by Penguin Random House, Rabbithutch Set over a week in July in the fictional Indiana town of Rust Belt and culminates in a strange act of violence that changes everything. Reviews of Kirkus praised the novel as “a striking and wise depiction of what it means to be sober and to live in a dying building, city, country and world.” It won the National Book Award for Fiction at last week’s ceremony.

“I was honored to work with Richard, Passenger and Fremantle,” Gunty said. “Richard’s ambitious vision, discerning taste and thoughtful commitment to adaptation make him a thrilling fit for this project.”

Brown and Fremantle reached an overall agreement in 2019. Since then, Brown’s Passenger banner has created This England for Sky in the UK and is working on a documentary about the launch of the NBA Africa Basketball League.

Gunty is represented by Duvall Osteen at Aragi Inc. and CAAs.

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