Urban Myth Films has landed the rights to adapt Lucy Clarke’s latest destination thriller, The Hike.

Clarke’s eighth novel follows friends Maggie, Helena, Liz and Joni as they leave behind their everyday lives to hike out into the beautiful Norwegian wild. But there’s a darker side to the wilderness – and waiting on the trail is someone who’d do anything to stop the group walking away alive.

It comes after Clarke’s novel, No Escape, was adapted into a seven-episode series for Paramount Plus, which was released in May. Clarke’s The Castaways is also being adapted for Paramount Plus, with Sheridan Smith cast in the lead role. The Hike was published in spring 2023 and was an instant Sunday Times Bestseller. The paperback is due to be released on 28th September this year.

Roanne Bardsley (Boiling Point for the BBC, The Buccaneers for Apple, Everything Now for Netflix, Screw for Channel 4) will adapt the novel.

Urban Myth Films, a Studio Canal company, is currently in production on the second series of Joe Barton’s sci-fi thriller The Lazarus Project for Sky. It is also filming the highly-anticipated television adaption of the Has fallen film franchise; Paris Has Fallen.

The book deal was negotiated by Jane Villiers at Sayle Screen on behalf of Judith Murray at Greene & Heaton.

Author Lucy Clarke said: “I am thrilled to be working with Urban Myth Films on the adaptation of The Hike. We’re so excited to bring to screen a transportive thriller set in the raw and beautiful Norwegian wilderness, which dives deep into the complexities of female friendships when pushed to breaking point. With Roanne Bardsley attached as screenwriter, and a fantastically strong female-led development team at Urban Myth Films, we are so excited to stride out on The Hike’s newest adventure.”

Writer Roanne Bardsley said: “I was immediately hooked by The Hike – a story of female friendship and survival set against a spectacular Norwegian landscape. Lucy is a master of compelling, character-driven thrillers and I am so excited to be adapting her latest triumph.”

Founding Partner and Company Director of Urban Myth Films Johnny Capps added: “We are so excited to be working with Roanne and Lucy on this fantastically gripping story. The Hike is an edge-of-your-seat thriller with four authentic and nuanced women forefront and centre. We knew as soon as we read it that we absolutely had to make it, and I can think of no one better to bring it to our screens than the incredibly talented Roanne.”

Image credit: James Bowden


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