*Zadie Smith’s novel Swing Time has been acquired by a production company with plans to adapt it for television.
Published this week, Swing Time is about two girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has the talent. It’s described by the publisher as “a story about friendship, music and true identity, how they shape us and how we can survive them. Moving from North West London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the rhythm of time.”
Baby Cow, the film and TV production company co-founded by Steve Coogan, said Thursday it has acquired the rights to Swing Time, and Smith will adapt it for TV herself with Nick Laird, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Swing Time marks Baby Cow’s first major acquisition since Christine Langan, the former head of BBC Films, took over as CEO this month.
Said Smith: “I am absolutely delighted at the prospect of working with Baby Cow on an adaptation of Swing Time. Their extraordinary track record in both drama and comedy I have always admired from afar and it’s a thrill for me to get the chance to collaborate with Steve Coogan and Christine Langan.”
Said Langan: “Zadie Smith is the voice of a generation, and Swing Time is a thrillingly ambitious story of friendship, rivalry and fame. We’re delighted and honored at Baby Cow to be developing such a unique project and we can’t wait to share it with TV audiences everywhere.”
Smith’s other novels include White Teeth, The Autograph Man and NW.