Television adaptation of Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries — 11.02.14

Eleanor Catton has signed a deal to create the television adaptation of her Man Booker Prize winning novel, 'The Luminaries'.

Eleanor Catton's Man Booker Prize winning book The Luminaries is to become a television mini-series.

The producer of a hit BBC show sold all over the world is preparing to turn the Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries - set in 1866 Hokitika - into a TV mini-series.

Author Eleanor Catton, who is due to visit Hokitika next month, revealed yesterday she had insisted the production be filmed in New Zealand.

She plans to bring screen producer Andrew Woodhead to the West Coast, and in particular Hokitika, where the goldrush murder-mystery novel is set.

Mr Woodhead's online profile includes TV shows Law and Order (UK), smash BBC hit Spooks, and Sinbad. Spooks was broadcast around the world.

Catton told the Greymouth Star today she could not have foreseen how far her book would go: "It has just continued to be surprising."

She signed on to have her book turned into a television series in August, even before it was short-listed for the international literary prize. She said the deal was not dependent on her winning.

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