EXCLUSIVE: Anna Friel, star of Netflix / ITV crime drama Marcella, is to present a television adaptation of the novel by Karen Hamilton The perfect girlfriend.
The drama will be produced by Pulse Films, the vice-owned company behind the Sky / AMC drama London gangs, and co-produced by Friel’s new production company, Wonder Well Productions.
Friel, who also starred in ABC Grow daisies, will play Juliette, an attractive, confident and motivated woman who is training for her new career as a flight attendant.
It doesn’t matter how dark her past is, as she’s got past it all, and she’s building a great new life for herself – one that will impress her ex-boyfriend, Nate, who left her in a while. foolish of commitment phobia, the one he surely regrets now. But he’ll be so proud of her once he sees how much she’s grown. And he will see her. After all, he is a pilot for the same airline where Juliette trains. What kind of man wouldn’t appreciate Juliet’s effort to win Nate back? She cleans his apartment when he’s not around and makes sure to leave all of her favorite foods in the fridge. It’s only a matter of time before he leaves his new girlfriend and realizes that Juliette is the only one for him. He will realize it. Juliette will make sure. After all, she’s the perfect girlfriend.
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The project will reunite Friel with Nicola Larder, an executive producer at Pulse Films, who produced Marcella. Larder will lead production alongside Pulse Films CEO Thomas Benski.
The book deal was negotiated by Tim O’Shea and Jamie Hall for Pulse Films, Robert Taylor of the Artist Partnership and Luke Speed of the Curtis Brown Group on behalf of Sophie Lambert of C&W Agency.
The perfect girlfriend joins other book adaptations on Pulse Films’ development roster including Laura Dockrill What did I do? London gangs was renewed for a second season last summer.
This is Friel’s latest television project; the actor is also set to star in a series of supernatural anthologies The box, from Adi Hasak, creator of the NBC series Shades of blue, for Scandinavian streamer Nordic Entertainment Group.
Friel, who recounted the audiobook of The perfect girlfriend, said the collaboration was “exciting”. “Karen shared the vibrant and fascinating world of Juliet with me and I can’t wait to introduce her to all of you,” she said.
Author Karen Hamilton called the deal a “dream come true”. “I loved hearing Anna tell the audiobook of The perfect girlfriend, so I couldn’t be happier or more excited to see Pulse Films and Anna bring Juliet to life on screen, it’s absolutely ideal.
Pulse Films CEO Thomas Benski called Friel “exceptional”. “This exciting new series is going to subvert and elevate the genre, twisting the tropes of romantic comedy and tearing up the rulebook for how female-led stories are told,” he added.
“I am incredibly proud to unite with Anna again to create what will be another iconic female TV character,” added Pulse Films executive producer Drama Nicola Larder. “I love working with Anna. We vibrate incredibly well. We’re going to make Karen’s creation of Juliet jump onscreen as a true 21st century statement about not behaving badly while lying down.