LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Los Angeles based independent production house, Renegade Films, announced today that they have acquired the rights to the epistolary novels, Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence. The 1991, best-selling series, written and illustrated by Nick Bantock, will be adapted into a feature film that travels through the three novels: Griffin & Sabine, Sabine’s Notebook and The Golden Mean. It is the first time the Griffin & Sabine trilogy has been optioned for film.
“With over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and published in 10 languages, the Griffin & Sabine series is one of our most popular ever,” stated Chronicle Books publisher, Christine Carswell. “Not only popular, but also beloved, for the mystery of its storytelling and for characters who live long in the imaginations of the millions of readers who’ve enjoyed these utterly distinctive novels.”
Author and Artist, Nick Bantock added that he has been approached many times over the years about capturing Griffin & Sabine on film. “This is the first time I've felt comfortable that the essence of the story is understood. Transitioning this tale from a novel to a movie will test the bounds of dreams and creativity, providing an opportunity to create something intelligent, entertaining and visually extraordinary.”
Griffin & Sabine is an unconventional, cross-continental tale of love between Griffin Moss, an artist with a penchant for designing postcards, and Sabine Strohem, an artist who self-expresses by illustrating postage stamps. The books, originally published in 1991, 1992 and 1993 respectively, depict a journey between two people who fall in love before ever meeting and connect as soul mates before ever making eye contact. Griffin and Sabine's only tangible intersection occurs through an artful and intuitive correspondence.
Renegade Films is currently in the process of confirming a screenwriter, director and cast. Head of Development, Karla Braun added, “Renegade Films is thrilled to bring to life the magic of Griffin & Sabine and to share it with the world through cinema.”
Production on the film is slated to begin in 2014.
About Renegade Films:
Renegade Films (www.renegadefilms.com) is a multimedia production company launched in 2007. The award winning television production group produces cutting edge, high concept creative commercial spots for clients including: Food Network, A&E, NBC, and Movietickets.com In 2013, Renegade expanded to include a feature film development and production arm.
About Nick Bantock:
Nick Bantock is the author of numerous illustrated novels, including Griffin & Sabine, Sabine’s Notebook, The Golden Mean, The Gryphon, and Alexandria. He is represented by Rich Green at Evolution and Brenda Bowen at Sanford J Greenburger Associates. Bantock was born in London and now resides in Victoria, British Columbia.