Sony Pictures Television-backed Eleventh Hour Films has optioned Chris Atkins’ prison diaries ‘A Bit Of A Stretch’, published today by Atlantic Books, for adaptation.
In 2016, documentary-maker Chris Atkins (Taking Liberties, Starsuckers, UKIP: The First 100 Days) was given a five year prison sentence after becoming embroiled in a dodgy tax scheme to fund a film. His new home was HMP Wandsworth, one of the oldest, largest, and most dysfunctional prisons in Europe.
Paula Cuddy, Creative Director, Eleventh Hour Films, said “Hilarious, horrifying and heart-breaking. This book is a wake-up call, a shocking & surprising insight into modern prison life. I read it in one sitting. With Chris, EHF is delighted to have this exciting opportunity to redefine the prison TV drama.”
Chris Atkins said “I am thrilled to be working with Paula and her excellent team at Eleventh Hour Films. Prison was a dark and traumatic place, but it was also full of humour, humanity and fascinating characters. I can’t wait to bring this surreal and dysfunctional world to screen.”
The deal was brokered by Luke Speed on behalf of Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown Group.
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