SISTER has optioned the rights to adapt The Split, Suffragette and The Iron Lady screenwriter Abi Morgan’s memoir This is Not a Pity Memoir.

Morgan will adapt her book for screen and will direct and executive produce, with SISTER Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Jane Featherstone.

Abi Morgan’s memoir follows Morgan’s family life after a tragic change in her family circumstance.

One morning in June, Abi had her to-do list – drop the kids to school, get coffee and go to work. Jacob had a bad headache, so she added ‘pick up steroids’. She returned home and found the man she loved and fought and laughed with for twenty years lying on the bathroom floor. And nothing would ever be the same again. An ordinary day. The end of ordinary life. But This is Not a Pity Memoir…this is a story about meeting your person. It’s about the things you wished you’d said to the person you love. It’s about the silence of being lost in space and the importance of family, and parties, and noise. It’s about not knowing and not being known. It’s the difference between living and surviving.

Abi Morgan says “Working with Jane and SISTER over the last few tumultuous years, they have been my running partners, given a unique birds eye view on the unfolding drama. As producers of some of the best film and television out there, there is no one else I would trust to help bring the deeply personal This is Not a Pity Memoir to the screen.”

SISTER Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Jane Featherstone said “Abi has such an extraordinary gift for words, so while it should be absolutely no surprise that her memoir is such a beautiful and powerful book, it still stunned me. We’ve worked together for many years but her incredible strength in these last few, very challenging ones, has been deeply inspirational.  I feel truly privileged to be able to work with her to bring this very personal story to the screen.”

Created and written by Abi Morgan, This is Not a Pity Memoir will be produced by SISTER and co-produced with Little Chick Ltd. Executive Producers are Jane Featherstone and Abi Morgan. This is Not a Pity Memoir is published in the UK by John Murray and in the US by Sugar 24, an imprint of HarperCollins. Global rights are handled by 42.

Jon Creamer

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