The rights to author Megan Abbott’s latest novel The Turnout were purchased by Canadian entertainment company Entertainment One and will be developed into a series. The company, also known as eOne, specializes in acquisition, production and distribution of films, music and TV. The book will hit the shelves in summer 2021 and was one of three in a book deal between Abbott and her publisher Putnam to be slated for adaptation, according to Deadline.
The Turnout, via Deadline, will delve readers and eventually viewers into a family-led ballet school run by the Durant sisters Marie and Dara, alongside Dara’s husband, Charlie. A glamorous yet troubled history creates a strong connection that may be jeopardized by the hiring of contractor Derek. Charismatic and dark, Derek finds himself in an affair with Marie. The relationship will strain bonds and unearth family secrets until a violent act changes everything.
The book is predicted to be one of Putnam’s lead fiction titles for 2021. Putman is owned by Hasbro and associated with HBO’s Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams (Enchanted), as a producer. To date, Abbott has written 10 novels and adapted teen drama Dare Me for USA Network and Netflix last year. For that project, she co-created the series and served as the co-showrunner. The series was produced by UCP and Michael Lombardo, the current President of Global Television at eOne. Prior to her work on Dare Me, Abbott was a writer for HBO’s The Deuce.
Abbott is represented by Dan Conaway of Writers House, WME, Anonymous Content, and Eric Brooks of Goodman Genow Schenkman Smelkinson & Christopher, via Deadline.