Australia’s Aquarius Films and Irish production company Port Pictures will jointly produce The Good People, based on the award-winning novel by Hannah Kent (the upcoming Run Rabbit Run), who adapted it for the screen.
“Terrifying, thrilling and moving in equal measure, The Good People is a startling examination of absolute belief and superstition. As it explores a series of actions that are both tender and harsh, it examines our need for belonging, understanding and acceptance, and the universal need to love and be loved.” reads the announcement.
The Good People is set in 19th century Ireland, as the Catholic church wages war against pagan beliefs, three women conspire to free a young boy from evil spirits.
Aquarius’s Angie Fielder (Lion) and Polly Staniford (Berlin Syndrome) will produce with Martina Niland (Once, Sing Street) of Port Pictures. Aquarius Films’ Miranda Culley is exec producing the movie with development funding from Screen Australia.
“What’s not to love about Hannah Kent’s brilliant novel? A dark tale about three complex women, fairies, witches and changelings. All set against the eerie backdrop of 1800’s Ireland. We can’t wait to bring this story to the screen,” commented Fielder and Staniford.
“The Good People” is the second novel from bestselling author Kent and was published in 2016 by Pan Macmillan in Australia, Picador in the UK and by Little, Brown and Company in North America, both in 2017. It has been translated into 10 languages and was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Award for Historical Fiction, the Indie Books Award for Literary Fiction, the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.
Kent’s first novel, the international bestseller, “Burial Rites”, was translated into over 30 languages and won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, and the Victorian Premier’s People’s Choice Award. The book is currently being adapted for the screen by Sony TriStar, with Kent releasing her third novel “Devotion” this year.
Kent wrote the original screenplay for Daina Reed’s Run Rabbit Run which will be released later this year and stars Sarah Snook (HBO’s Succession) with major production investment from Screen Australia, and co-founded the Australian literary publication Kill Your Darlings and is a Patron for World Vision Australia. She has written for The New York Times, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, Meanjin, Qantas Magazine and LitHub.
Aquarius Films’ production and development slate includes the feature film project Paradise, Most Admired Woman, sci-fi thriller The Subjugate, psychological thriller series The Geography of Friendship, and comedy drama series Fight Like a Girl. The company recently wrapped production on Savage River, a crime drama series directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and starring Katherine Langford for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Warner Bros. Australia’s romantic drama series Love Me starring Hugo Weaving and Foxtel’s U.S. Hulu release, BINGE.