‘Television veteran Kellie Cyrus has been tapped to direct a movie adaption of Becca Fitzpatrick’s bestselling supernatural romance saga “Hush, Hush,” Variety revealed.
Cyrus will direct from an adaptation by Peter Hutchings. Producers are Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady of BCDF Pictures, along with Irfaan Fredericks of Kalahari Film & Media. Fitzpatrick, Hutchings, Simon Swart, and Kalahari’s Michael S. Murphey are the executive producers.
“Hush, Hush,” published in 2009 as the first of a four-title series, was a New York Times Bestseller for more than 50 weeks. It has sold over five million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 35 languages. All four books — “Hush, Hush”; “Crescendo”; “Silence”; and “Finale” — debuted as New York Times bestsellers.
BCDF has also enlisted the start-up, Fiction Riot, as a partner to develop mobile content for the film early next year.
Cyrus is best known for directing the supernatural TV franchises “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” as well as an episode of the upcoming drama “You” from Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. Fitzpatrick is the author of “Black Ice,” “Dangerous Lies,” and the “Hush, Hush” saga.
BCDF developed the adaptation. The company produced the female comedy “Bachelorette” and the comedy-romance “Liberal Arts.” and has been developing book properties for film and television, including “Can You Keep a Secret,” which has sold over four million copies, and “The Language of Flowers,” which spent 69 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
Kalahari Film & Media is a South African production company which co-produced “District 9,” “Dredd 3D,” and the TV series “SAF3.”
A “Hush, Hush” project had been set up at LD Entertainment in 2012 but Fitzgerald announced in 2014 that she had decided not to renew the option.
Cyrus is repped by Paradigm and HertzbergMedia. Fitzpatrick is repped by Catherine Drayton at InkWell Management. BCDF is repped by Sheri Jeffrey at Hogan Lovells.