‘Shining Girls’ film deal on the cards

SOUTH African author Lauren Beukes is on an amazing roll. A week after her latest novel, The Shining Girls , hit the Sunday Times Bestseller list in the UK, she is negotiating film rights to the book.

Beukes suggested there was big interest for an adaptation. This is on top of producer Helena Spring acquiring rights to Zoo City, Beukes’s previous sci-fi novel, which won her critical acclaim in 2011 when she won the Arthur C Clarke Award and the Kitschies Red Tentacle.

Now her The Shining Girls thriller, released last month in South Africa and in the UK, is all the rage.

So is a blockbuster on the way?

“It’s four offers on the table – plus three other inquiries, but they’re serious offers and we’re hoping to close a deal soon,” she said yesterday.

The Shining Girls features a time-travelling and evasive serial killer called Harper Curtis who goes after bright young women who possess some alluring, but unnameable, quality that makes them burn with potential. Beukes is already working on another novel, about strange corpses turning up in Detroit. – Andile Ndlovu

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