‘Unorthodox’ scribe must adapt ‘other people’s clothes’ to Mark Gordon – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, the UK office of Mark Gordon Pictures secured the film and television rights to Calla Henkel’s debut novel, Clothing of others, and nominated for an Emmy Unorthodox co-writer and co-creator Alexa Karolinski to fit.

Set in Berlin in 2009, dark and comedic thriller Other people’s clothing tells the story of two young American art students whose lives spiral out of control after renting an apartment from an eccentric detective writer.

Hodder & Stoughton imprint Scepter will release the novel in the UK, Australia and New Zealand as their debut album on July 8, 2021. Doubleday US will subsequently release in the US. Emily Hayward-Whitlock of The Artists Partnership negotiated the deal on behalf of Eleanor Birne of PEW Literary.

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Executive Producers will be Beth Pattinson and Mark Gordon for Mark Gordon Pictures and Danny Davids.

As we first revealed, producer Gordon last year launched Mark Gordon Pictures, backed by eOne. The company has bases in Los Angeles, New York and London. Gordon stepped down as chairman of eOne in 2019. His long history as a successful producer includes television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Ray donovan and Criminal minds, and for eOne Designated survivor and Nathan Fillion-star The recruit. Film credits include Saving Private Ryan, Speed, Murder on the Orient Express, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot, and many more.

The company’s London office is headed by Beth Pattinson, who previously worked at Independent Talent, BBC Films, Amazon (where she led the development of European original dramas), Blueprint and Cuba Films & TV. Also in the London office is Bonnie-Chance Roberts, who was previously responsible for the film for Monumental Pictures.

Berlin-based American artist and playwright Calla Henkel said: “I am extremely excited about my partnership with Mark Gordon to create the disturbed world of Other people’s clothing for the screen, and I can’t wait to see these girls come to life in all their dark spark intensity.

Producer Pattinson added, “We are delighted to be working with Calla and Alexa to bring this gripping and inspiring novel to life. Calla’s 2009 evocation of Berlin is full of humor and insight combined with a dark and twisted narrative that grabbed us from page 1. With Alexa, we found the perfect writer to adapt the material – not only she knows Berlin intimately, but her writing is full of emotion and tension and is the perfect complement to Calla’s tale. It is a privilege to work with these two brilliant women.

Henkel has directed plays at the Volksbühne Berlin, the Whitney Museum of Art, as well as the New Theater, the experimental theater space that she co-founded and programmed in Berlin from 2013 to 2015. Her artistic writings have included been published in periodicals such as Texte zur Kunst, Spike, Mousse and others.

Karolinski is represented by CAA and Anonymous Content.

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