November 23, 2016

UK studio snaps up film rights to Finnish novel

Maria Turtschaninoff’s novel was awarded the Finlandia Junior Prize in 2014.
Maria Turtschaninoff’s novel was awarded the Finlandia Junior Prize in 2014.
Karin Lindroos

Finnish author Maria Turtschaninoff’s feminist fantasy novel Maresi is being developed into a film by Film4.

The London-based studio has previously developed and co-financed the Oscar best picture winners 12 Years a Slave and Slumdog Millionaire.

“I cannot say that this is a dream come true for me – it exceeds all my dreams,” Turtschaninoff was quoted by industry bible Variety. “I am so happy that Maresi is in such good hands with Film4.”

Maresi was first published in Finland in 2014 by Schildts & Söderströms, and won the Finlandia Junior Prize the same year. The novel is the first installment of the “Red Abbey Chronicles”. The series follows the exploits of a 13-year-old who steps up to defend both herself and the refuge for women and girls she resides in after it comes under attack.

Variety points out that publishing rights to the novel have already been sold to 17 territories. The US edition is hitting store shelves in January next year, with the second book in the series, Naondel, to follow in January 2018.

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