Goalpost Pictures options LA Times Book Prize winning author
Nunn’s most recent book “When the Ground is Hard” has just been announced as the 2019 winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for young-adult literature.
Like “When the Ground is Hard”, the four darkly romantic and morally complex Detective Emmanuel Cooper crime novels are set in 1950s apartheid-era South Africa, a time and place where racial tensions and the raw hunger for power make life very dangerous indeed.
The TV series, to be called Detective Cooper, centres on the unlikely investigative alliance Cooper – a damaged WW2 veteran-turned-detective – forms with a conflicted Zulu police officer who has the ability to communicate with spirits of the dead and a guilt-ridden German-Jewish doctor. Bound by loss and burning to do good, the friends defy a racist police force to find justice for the dead regardless of race.
LA-based British/Australian writer James McNamara is creating the series for television and writing it with Nunn. McNamara was named as an ‘international rising star’ by BAFTA LA. He also lectures in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is a contributing writer to publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
“Malla Nunn’s books Detective Emmanuel Cooper are irresistible page-turners. The action is driven by murder, passion and corruption and the stories are layered with the moral ambiguities and the smouldering undercurrents of a racially divided nation. They are stories that have resonance not just here in Australia and in South Africa, but around the world,” said Goalpost’s Kylie du Fresne.
“Goalpost is thrilled to be working with Malla Nunn and with James McNamara to adapt these stories for the screen and to extend the world of Detective Cooper.”
Photo caption: Malla Nunn