Duchess Street Productions.

Rights to adapt The House of Sleep acquired

Jonathan Coe’s psychological comedy-drama will be adapted across six parts by Jane Eden.

Duchess Street has optioned Coe’s 1997 novel to be adapted in collaboration with The Wellcome Trust. The novel tells the story of a group of students with sleep issues sharing a house who, a decade later, are drawn back together by a series of coincidences involving their obsession with sleep and with each other. Coe said Eden’s adaptation had “infused” the novel’s original themes with “new relevance and energy”.

Also on the Duchess Street slate is the adaptation of Mal Peet’s 2014 novel The Murdstone Trilogy by Tony Award-nominated playwright Mike Poulton. The novel is about a fictitious book series written by renowned children’s writer Philip Murdstone who is convinced to write a fantasy series which comes to him a dream and quickly begins to consume him.