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C.J. Tudor’s The Drift Getting TV Treatment


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Buccaneer and Halcyon Studios have secured the rights to adapt The Drift, the forthcoming novel from best-selling author C.J. Tudor, for television.

The Drift tells the story of three different groups of frightened teens who find themselves thrown into the terrifying reality of a frozen postapocalyptic world. As each group battles for survival, lurking in their shadows is an even greater danger—one that threatens to consume all of humanity.

Buccaneer is behind such hits as Marcella (ITV/Netflix), Irvine Welsh’s Crime (BritBox/ITVX), The Burning Girls and The Doll Factory (Paramount+), while Halcyon Studios, a Chicken Soup For the Soul Entertainment company, is the producer of Hunters (Prime Video) and The Mysterious Benedict Society (Disney+). They secured the rights following a hotly contested six-way race.

Richard Tulk-Hart, joint CEO of Buccaneer, said, “It’s great to be working on another of C.J.’s books and bring it to the screen. Partnering with Halcyon Studios is incredibly exciting and something we’ve looked to do for some time. The scale of this project finally brought us together.”

Tudor said, “I’m over the moon to be working with Buccaneer again and with Halcyon for the first time. I’ve been bowled over by their enthusiasm for The Drift, and I know they have the vision to create something very exciting on screen!”

The Drift is a masterful squall of suspense, and we’re thrilled to transform C.J.’s novel into a riveting series alongside Tony Wood and Richard Tulk-Hart,” said David Ellender, chief executive officer of Halcyon Studios. “Since 2019, Buccaneer has built a robust production entity that has created some of the most engaging content in the industry.”








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Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at kbrzoznowski@worldscreen.com.

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