US Production Company Snaps Up Meg Mason Book
“The production company behind movies such as 12 Years a Slave, Gone Girl and Bohemian Rhapsody has snapped up” the film and TV rights for Foxton-born Christchurch-raised writer Meg Mason’s latest novel – a book she tells The Sydney Morning Herald “was never meant to exist”.
Mason, who now lives in Sydney, is the author of two previous works, the memoir Say It Again in a Nice Voice and the novel You Be Mother, Broede writes for the Herald. She started writing her latest offering, Sorrow and Bliss, in 2019 after grappling for months with a manuscript that was “absolutely rotten to the core”.
“I felt like I reached the end of my abilities,” Mason says.”
It was only once Mason had a 40,000 word draft that she had the courage to show her publisher.
New Regency acquired the film and television rights to Sorrow and Bliss after a competitive auction, brokered by Casarotto Ramsay and HarperCollins Australia.
Original article by Broede Carmody, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 9, 2021.
Photo by James Alcock.