EXCLUSIVE: supernatural family novel by CJ Cooke The Lighthouse Witches is set to be adapted into a television series after Studiocanal and The Picture Company secure the rights to the book.
Both companies closed the rights to the book and are currently packaging the series.
Published last year by Penguin Random House, the book follows young mother Liv and her three daughters who arrive on a mysterious Scottish island to run a decrepit lighthouse.
When single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural at a century-old lighthouse on a remote Scottish island, it’s her chance to start over with her three daughters – Luna, Sapphire and Clover. When two of her daughters disappear, she is mad. She learns that the cave under the lighthouse was once a prison for women accused of witchcraft. The locals warn her about wildlings, supernatural beings that mimic human children, created by witches for revenge. Liv is told that wildlings are dangerous and must be killed.
Twenty-two years later, Luna is on the hunt for her missing sisters and mother. When she receives a call about her youngest sister, Clover, she is initially ecstatic. Clover is the sister she remembers, except she’s still seven years old, the age she was when she disappeared. Luna is worried that Clover is a wildling. Luna has few memories of her time on the island, but she will have to return to find out the truth about what happened to her family. But she doesn’t realize how much the truth will change her.
The series will mix genre elements with supernatural family drama spanning multiple generations.
The Picture Company co-founders Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will executive produce the series with Studiocanal’s Ron Halpern and Shana Eddy overseeing studio production. It was introduced by Leena Lancashire Iglesias of Studiocanal.
The move comes after The Picture Company and Studiocanal renewed their multi-year deal to make a certain number of films per year. Part of the deal sees the two companies move into TV – they are already working on a series adaptation of the action thriller Johnnie To war on drugs, with Jett’s Sebastien Gutierrez attached.
Cooke said: “From the minute I met Alex and Andrew and the team at Studiocanal, I felt I had found the absolute dream team for the small screen adaptation of The Lighthouse Witches. Andrew and Alex have an exciting vision of the series, and StudioCanal is for me the benchmark for television and film production. I’m confident this adaptation will be everything readers of the book are looking forward to, and I’m extremely excited about it.
The deal was brokered by Luke Speed on behalf of Alice Lutyens of the Curtis Brown Band.