Black Bear Pictures has optioned the rights to Naoise Dolan’s debut novel, Exciting Times, ahead of its U.S. release on June 2, 2020. The novel debuted in the UK and Ireland in April.
Black Bear Television, the TV studio division of the production and financing company Black Bear Pictures (The Imitation Game, Mudbound, Suburbicon), will develop and produce Exciting Times. Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman and Michael Heimler will executive produce alongside Dolan.
Exciting Times follows the romantic liaisons of Ava, newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, who spends her days teaching English to rich children. Ava is in a relationship with Julian, a banker who cannot admit her loves her. She meets Edith, a lawyer, who quickly becomes someone she looks forward to spending time with when Julian is away on business. Ava reaches a point where she must decide if she should return to the easy compatibility of her life with Julian or take a leap into the unknown with Edith?
Black Bear’s President & CEO Schwarzman said: “We immediately fell in love with Naoise’s honest, wry, and intelligent prose, and her ability to depict remarkably complex yet utterly relatable characters. We believe Naoise is an extraordinary voice, with a huge future ahead of her, and Black Bear is honored to play a part in bringing her rich material to life.”
Naoise Dolan said: “I think my love of dialogue is clear from the book, so I’m thrilled to partner with Black Bear to bring the characters to a TV audience, and even more so to be involved as an executive producer. Black Bear is discerning, independent-minded, and very engaged with the novel, so it will be a privilege to work together on this project.”
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