Ned Beauman Delivers ‘Venomous Lumpsucker’ TV Rights Purchased by Archery – The Hollywood Reporter

Archery Pictures, the British film and TV production company behind the recent World War II drama Ground Meat Operation and shows including Destiny: The Winx Saga and French Rivierahas acquired the TV rights to Ned Beauman’s upcoming novel Venomous lumpsucker.

The dark comedy, slated for release in the UK (Scepter) and US (Soho Press) in July, is set in a dystopian near future ravaged by climate change and where tens of thousands of species are disappearing every year. A whole industry has sprung up around their extinctions, to help preserve the remains, or just assuage the guilt (depending on how you see it). Humanity’s last hope is in biobanks, impregnable vaults where the DNA of each organism can be stored forever. One day, however, a daring cyberattack wipes them out in their entirety. In the aftermath, a troubled environmentalist and a twisted mining manager must team up to find the poisonous lumpsucker, a lost fish they both desperately need to save.

Venomous lumpsucker is a hilarious and thrilling race and the more the story unfolds the weirder things get,” said Archery CEO Kris Thykier. “It’s about environmental collapse, corporate greed and humanity’s complex relationship with nature. It’s a bold, offbeat, and somewhat absurd story, and it couldn’t be more timely. Ned Beauman is a genius, and we couldn’t be more excited to develop his masterpiece. »

Venomous lumpsucker is the fifth novel by award-winning British journalist and novelist Beauman. Beauman has been nominated for several awards including the Booker and Desmond Elliot Prize and has won a number of accolades including the Somerset Maugham Prize.

“When I finished this novel, I thought, ‘Well, I’m proud of it, it’s just a shame that I have no hope of selling the TV rights, because it’s way too weird and also it’s called Venomous lumpsuckersaid Beauman. “Thank you Archery for proving me wrong. And I’m especially glad they’re doing it because I’ve worked with them on something else, so I already know they’re really good.

Earnest A. Martinez