Thursday, July 02, 2009

BBC Films Acquires Rights to William Boyd's Thriller Ordinary Thunderstorms

Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd

Variety is reporting that the film rights to William Boyd's new thriller Ordinary Thunderstorms have been acquired by Origin Pictures and BBC Films. What's rather remarkable is that the book isn't scheduled for publication in the UK until September, and until Janury 2010 in the US.

Boyd will write the screenplay. Two of his previous books were adapted for the screen: A Good Man in Africa as a film in 1994 and Armadillo as a TV series in 2001.

About Ordinary Thunderstorms: Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in London for a job interview, ambles along the Embankment, admiring the view. He is pleasantly surprised to come across a little Italian bistro down a leafy side street. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards. With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents through which Adam will lose everything -- home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, mobile phone -- never to get them back. The police are searching for him. There is a reward for his capture. A hired killer is stalking him. He is alone and anonymous in a huge, pitiless modern city. Adam has nowhere to go but down - underground. He decides to join that vast army of the disappeared and the missing that throng London's lowest levels as he tries to figure out what to do with his life and struggles to understand the forces that have made it unravel so spectacularly.

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