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Steve Coogan’s film and TV production company, Baby Cow, announced Thursday that it has acquired Zadie Smith’s novel Swing Time for television adaptation, The Hollywood Reporter revealed.
Swing Time, which will be adapted by Smith herself and husband Nick Laird, is Baby Cow’s first major acquisition since Christine Langan, former head of BBC Films, took over as CEO.
“Zadie Smith is the voice of a generation, and Swing Time is a thrillingly ambitious story of friendship, rivalry and fame,” Langan emphasized. “We’re delighted and honored at Baby Cow to be developing such a unique project and we can’t wait to share it with TV audiences everywhere.”
“I am absolutely delighted at the prospect of working with Baby Cow on an adaptation of Swing Time,” Smith said. “Their extraordinary track record in both drama and comedy I have always admired from afar, and it’s a thrill for me to get the chance to collaborate with Steve Coogan and Christine Langan.”
Swing Time centers around two girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has the talent. It is a narrative about “friendship, music and true identity, how they shape us and how we can survive them. Moving from North West London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the rhythm of time.”