Benedict Cumberbatch won’t be stopping work anytime soon. As Variety revealed exclusively, his production company SunnyMarch and Hera Pictures have acquired the rights to Megan Hunter’s novel The End We Start From.
The End We Start From is about a new mother and her newborn, who are turned into refugees following an environmental crisis in the U.K. They are forced to leave their home after London is submerged in flood waters and they must search for safety in a country thrown into chaos.
Alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Liza Marshall, Adam Ackland, and Sophie Hunter will join him in a producer’s seat and all of them sound very excited about the project they will be taking on.
Cumberbatch has described the book as a “stunning tale of motherhood” and has added that “Megan has crafted a striking and frighteningly real story of a family fighting for survival that will make everyone stop and think about what kind of planet we are leaving behind for our children. We’re beyond thrilled to be bringing this story to life.”
Sophie Hunter is just as excited as her husband to start her new project, especially with these other talented people beside her. “I am absolutely delighted that such a talented, passionate, and dynamic team will be working together to create a film version of The End We Start From,” she said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to see my work translated into a new medium, particularly by a group of people with such a heartfelt appreciation of the book. I can’t wait to see what emerges from this exciting collaboration.”
Liza Marshall, who is the founder of Hera Pictures has pointed out the importance of Megan Hunter’s novel, due to what our world could look like if the climate change isn’t stopped.
“This exquisite piece of writing is profoundly moving,” she explained. “It captures the deep love between a mother and child while forcing us all to consider what the world could become if climate change destabilized everything we take for granted. Megan has written something very special and unique and we’re excited and honored to have the opportunity to make it into a film.”
A release date for the adaptation has not been set yet, however, the novel will be published this week.