Book club: Famous ex-Lancaster University student buys film rights to new novel

Gollum from Lord of the Rings.
Gollum from Lord of the Rings.
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Film rights to a supernatural novel – whose author has been labelled the new J K Rowling – have been snapped up by a famous ex-Lancaster student.

The Imaginarium, a company run by actor Andy Serkis who studied at Lancaster University, has been successful in securing the movie rights to ‘The Bone Season’.

Serkis appeared in Lancaster Dukes theatre productions early on his career and went on to bigger and better things.

He is probably best know for his role as Gollum in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films.

Bloomsbury publishing house paid in excess of £100,000 for ‘The Bone Season’, the first in a seven-book series by 21-year-old Samantha Shannon and released last month. The fact that Bloomsbury also published Harry Potter probably sparked critics’ comparisons between the two authors.

Shannon’s book centres on 19-year-old clairvoyant, Paige Mahoney, who is employed by a criminal underworld to break into people’s minds and delve into their secrets.

She insists that when people read it, they’ll find it very different to J K Rowling.