Lauren Beukes came back from the US back to Mzansi and posted the following tweet that was favourited and retweeted like crazy;
G’bye America and thanks for all the fish. I’m leaving with a TV deal for Broken Monsters in the works and a freaking suitcase full of books
— Lauren Beukes (@laurenbeukes) September 25, 2014
Turns out the South African authors book Broken Monsters while terrifying readers with its chillingness has been acquired by Endemol Studios’ scripted pod Additional Dialogue to develop it as a drama series. The novel follows Detective Gabriella Versado, also the single mom of a 15-year-old daughter, as she tracks a murderer who mutilates victims in bizarre and alarming ways. Her investigation winds through present-day Detroit — from police precincts to the underground art scene to the Internet-driven secret lives of teenage girls. A teenager, a homeless man and an upstart journalist also play a role in the hunt for the disturbing and possibly otherworldly serial killer.
The enthusiasm was picked up by Bookriot who tried to imagine who would be the ideal cast members for the series. They included Rosario Dawson as Detective Gabriella Versado, Amandla Sternberg as Layla, Jacqueline Emerson as Cass, Devon Sawa as Jonno, Keith David as Thomas “TK” Keen and Vincent D’Onofrio as Clayton.
This is not the first time for a Beukes book to be picked up by a studio as her previous book The Shining Girls was picked up by Leonardo Dicaprio TV production company in 2013.
These are the returns that make us believe that her decision to write novels based in US cities were the best thing to happen to the South Africans writing career. Kudos.