One of our favourite novels of last year, M.R. Carey’s The Girl with all the Gifts, is being given the Hollywood treatment. And the cast couldn’t be much better.
Six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close will be joined by Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine in the adaptation, the name to be altered slightly to She Who Brings Gifts.
Colm McCarthy, the director of the BBC series of Sherlock, will make his feature directing debut with shooting to start in May.
If you haven’t read the book yet, you must. It’s a genre bender, full of twists and turns, beautiful and terrifying all at once.
by M.R. Carey
An incredible, heart-breaking story about hope and humanity and a young girl who tries to save the world.
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her ‘our little genius’.
She loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her.
She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh…
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