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YA novel The Territory optioned for film

New Pictures, executive producer of Netflix’s The Innocents and producer of BBC One’s Requiem and The Missing, has optioned television and film rights to The Territory by Sarah Govett. Elaine Pyke acquired the rights from Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in a deal brokered by Mark Casarotto of Casarotto Ramsay on behalf of the Jane Turnbull Agency.

Described by The Guardian online as ‘the 1984 of our time’ and winner of the Trinity Schools Book Award and Gateshead YA Book Prize, The Territory is a gripping dystopian thriller set in a future Britain where unflooded land is scarce. Everyone must pass an exam at 15 to stay in The Territory or be exiled to the disease-ridden Wetlands. But how can Noa compete when the system is skewed to favour rich kids who can upload information through a Node in the back of their neck? And how can she focus when her heart is being pulled in two directions?
Author Govett said of the announcement: ‘I’m really excited that New Pictures wanted to option the rights because they have such a great feel for teen entertainment and I think they will do a fantastic job visualising the dystopian storyline of The Territory. I wrote The Territory in order to highlight the environmental and educational challenges that teenagers are facing today, so I’m delighted about the prospect of seeing the books come to life on TV.'
Mark Casarotto said: ‘New Pictures’ decision to option the rights to The Territory couldn’t be more timely. Govett’s vision of a dystopian Britain, where climate change and educational inequality have created a bleak future for teenagers, resonates loudly with what is happening in the world today. Her strong female protagonist and friends are relatable, hopeful and inspiring all at once.’
The award-winning debut trilogy consists of The Territory (May 2015), The Territory: Escape (October 2016) and The Territory: Truth (April 2018). The critically acclaimed The Territory was shortlisted for The Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Prize, won the Gateshead YA Book Prize in January 2017 and won the Trinity Schools Book Award 2018. All books are included in BookTrust’s recommended reads.