Lime Pictures has optioned Hollow Pike, a YA novel by award-winning author Juno Dawson.

The deal was brokered between Karen Lawler, Head of Licensed Content at Hachette Children’s Group, and Lime Pictures.

Juno Dawson is the bestselling, award-winning author of 14 fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults including hits such as Clean and This Book is Gay. Juno has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide in 16 languages.

Lime Pictures are planning a live-action drama series for teenagers with a supernatural twist. Georgia Lester is attached as head writer for the series. Lester started her career with Lime Pictures, writing for Hollyoaks and went on to write for Skins, Youngers and most recently Idris Elba’s Turn Up Charlie, a Netflix original series. Juno Dawson is also expected to write an episode.

Karen Lawler, Head of Licensed Content at HCG says: ‘I’ve always loved the combination of high- school drama and supernatural danger that Juno created in Hollow Pike, and I’ve always admired Lime Pictures – they’re an incredible producer with a gift for youth storytelling. So I couldn’t be happier that Lime and Juno are now working together to bring the suspense and fun of Hollow Pike to the screen.’

Juno Dawson says: ‘It’s ten years since I conceived the sinister town of Hollow Pike and I’m delighted that it’s being revived for television. I always had such exciting plans for the characters and the TV show gives us an opportunity to do just that.’

Head of Drama and YA for Lime Pictures, Louise Sutton says: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Georgia Lester on the TV adaptation of Juno Dawson’s brilliant novel Hollow Pike. The book is a tense teen thriller set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Lancashire countryside. This is a very modern take on witches and demonization of young women. In the series we will explore this along with universal teen themes of friendship, family and, toughest of all, fitting in.’

Staff Reporter

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