17 March 2021
We’re delighted to share that Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s Imaginarium Productions have optioned film rights to Catriona Ward’s highly anticipated new novel, The Last House On Needless Street.
We will be publishing in the UK on 18th March 2021 and Tor Nightfire will publish in the US in late September. Ward will executive produce alongside the Imaginarium. The book is Ward’s third novel, following her gothic horror debut, Rawblood (2015) and Little Eve (2018), which both won the August Derleth Prize at the British Fantasy Awards, making Ward the first and only woman to win the prize twice.
Little Eve also won the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award, establishing Ward as the new face of literary dark fiction. The Last House On Needless Street follows Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street. But an unspeakable secret binds them together, and when a new neighbor moves in next door, what is buried out among the birch trees behind their house will come back to haunt them all.
The book is receiving rave reviews and counts Stephen King amongst its fans: “I’ve read it and was blown away. It’s a true nerve shredder that keeps its mind-blowing secrets to the very end. Haven’t read anything this exciting since Gone Girl”.
Catriona Ward has been thrilled with the news, sharing: “From the very first, I was bowled over by the Imaginarium team – their passion, their dedication and thoughtful approach to this book. I know that ‘The Last House on Needless Street‘ is in the best possible hands, and I can’t wait to start working with them to bring the mysterious world of Needless Street to life on film”.
In a statement from Andy Serkis: “This is the kind of book you come across once in a lifetime and I’m incredibly excited that Catriona has chosen to collaborate with Imaginarium to bring her spectacular novel to the screen”.
The deal was negotiated by Michael Dean at Andrew Nurnberg Associates. Imaginarium Productions recently wrapped production on the supernatural horror No One Gets Out Alive for Netflix and are in post-production on Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins for Searchlight.