Fiction & Drama
Lisa Rookes on the inspiration behind The Gallows Tree
Firebird Pictures, the new drama production company backed by BBC Studios, has optioned psychological thriller Wilderness by B.E. Jones for adaptation into a multi-part television series. The story follows a British couple going on the trip of a lifetime – one hoping to save their marriage, the other planning the perfect murder.
Published by Constable in April 2019, the book is an addictive suspense novel with a surprising ending, set between the UK, Manhattan and the lush surrounds of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove and Death Valley.
Firebird co-founder Elizabeth Kilgarriff, the former senior commissioning editor at the BBC responsible for Bodyguard, Luther and The Cry said: “Wilderness is a clever psychological thriller that uses the familiar scenario of a marriage in crisis to take the reader on an entirely unpredictable journey. We love the humanity and humour in Bev’s writing and can’t wait to bring these hugely engaging characters to life.”
Beverley Jones said: “I think every author would love to see their stories brought to the screen, but to work with a company of the calibre of Firebird and its team is just fantastic. I couldn’t be more excited to help bring Wilderness to a whole new audience”
Shattered by the discovery of her husband’s affair, Liv knows they need to get away to try to save their marriage. Maybe the road trip that they’d always planned, exploring America’s national parks, just the two of them, would help heal the wounds.But what Liv hasn’t told her husband Will is that she has set him three challenges. Three opportunities to prove he’s sorry and worthy of her forgiveness. If he fails, Liv knows that there are so many ways to die in the wilderness. If it’s easy to die, then it’s easy to kill too.
TV Rights were acquired by Firebird co-founder and former head of business and operations for BBC Drama Craig Holleworth from book to screen agent James Carroll at Northbank Talent Management on behalf of Peter Buckman at The Ampersand Agency. Peter Buckman is handling international publishing rights.