‘His Dark Materials producer Bad Wolf is doubling down on canis lupus with an adaptation of Jim Shepard’s novel Kiss of the Wolf.
The production company, which is run by Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter, is out with the project to streaming services. It is written by Tom Farrelly, who the pair worked with on their recent adaptation of Sky drama A Discovery of Witches.
The book, which was first published in 1994, is described as part family drama and part thriller. Its tagline: a lethal accident turns life into a waking nightmare for a mother and her son in this gripping novel of secrecy and dread.
The story following Joanie Mucherino, abandoned by her husband, and her eleven-year-old son, Todd, who struggle to deal with their intrusive Italian family and a an amorous former flame. Things get even worse when they kill an acquaintance in a hit-and-run accident and keep it a secret, while the victim’s powerful, dangerous friends go to great lengths to avenge his death. It was written by The Book of Aron author Shepard, who has published short stories in the likes of McSweeney’s and Granta and was nominated for a National Book Award in 2007.
It is the latest high-profile development project for Bad Wolf; the company is developing Gold Dust Nation, a ‘90s period drama with former British Vogue chiefs Alexandra Shulman and Fiona Golfar, as well as long-lost Hollywood script Harrow Alley, which is being developed with Emma Thompson as writer at HBO.
Bad Wolf’s long-gestating adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials is also inching closer to screen. The drama, which stars James McAvoy, Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda, was recently handed a bumper order by the BBC and a U.S. pick up from HBO.’