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Ferryman film rights sold to Hollywood

Posted on 18/01/2018 in Claire McFall Ferryman

We’re incredibly excited that a Hollywood studio has optioned the Ferryman film rights. US production studio Legendary Entertainment has acquired the worldwide film and graphic novel rights to the series by author Claire McFall.Ferryman to Legendary press release FINAL

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film, television and digital, and comics divisions. It has produced films including Godzilla and Jurassic World.

You can read the full press release here. Or, find out more about our exciting news on the Ferryman film rights in The Guardian, The Bookseller and Deadline.*

“Having Legendary take my book and tell me that they would like to turn it into a film is, quite simply, mind-blowing. Ferryman started as a scrap of an idea, based on a strange dream, and when I finished it, I was almost too scared to send it out into the world. I’m very glad I did. Holding the book in my hand, seeing my name on the front cover and my words inside, was an incredible moment. And from then on, it has been something of a roller-coaster ride.” – Claire McFall

A modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth of  Charon, Ferryman tells the story of a young girl called Dylan, as she emerges from the debris of a train crash. Dylan believes she is the only survivor. Instead, she learns that she is the only fatality – and is trapped in a dangerous limbo. Then she meets a mysterious boy named Tristan, her “ferryman,” sent to guide her through the wasteland and into the afterlife. But they fall in love with perilous consequences.

On its release, Ferryman won the Scottish Teen Book Award. It was also longlisted for the Branford Boase Award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. When a Chinese edition was published in 2015, it became a national sensation.

Sequel Trespassers was published in September 2017, with a Chinese edition was also published by Beijing White Horse Time. In China the book immediately went to No.3 in the Open Book General Fiction bestsellers chart, alongside Ferryman at No. 6 in its 26th consecutive month in the Top 10, giving McFall two simultaneous titles in the national Top 10 fiction bestseller charts.


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About the book

Dylan has escaped a horrific train crash unscathed. Except she hasn’t.

The bleak landscape around her isn’t Scotland. It’s a wasteland haunted by wraiths searching for human souls.  And the stranger waiting for her isn’t an ordinary boy. Tristan is a Ferryman, tasked with transporting her soul safely to the afterlife, a journey he’s made a thousand times before.

Can true love overcome the boundaries of death?

Ferryman is a thought-provoking and truly original story of a love that refuses to be limited by death. This stunning, award-winning debut novel has been  reissued to coincide with the publication of the eagerly-anticipated sequel, Trespassers.


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