Gangs of London producer Pulse Films has secured the exclusive rights to adapt the novel The Perfect Girlfriend into a scripted series.
The series treatment will star Emmy Award-winning actress Anna Friel (Marcella, Deep Water). Thomas Benski and Nicola Larder are attached to executive produce for Pulse Films, alongside Friel, whose Wonder Well Productions has come on board as co-producer.
The novel, penned by Karen Hamilton, is described as a “twisted page-turner.”
Thomas Benski, Pulse Films’ CEO, said: “Working in partnership with outstanding talent like Anna Friel is the cornerstone of everything we do at Pulse Films. The Perfect Girlfriend is another example of how we empower and celebrate storytellers to amplify British-made television that will electrify global audiences. This thrilling new series will subvert and elevate genre, twisting romantic comedy tropes and tearing up the rulebook for how female-led stories are told.”
Nicola Larder, Pulse Films’ executive producer for drama, added: “I am incredibly proud to be joining forces with Anna once again to create what will be another iconic female TV character. I love working with Anna. We vibe off each other incredibly well. We’re going to ensure Karen’s creation of ‘Juliette’ leaps onto of the screen as a true 21st-century statement about not taking bad behavior lying down! We, together with Anna, will build a ground-breaking ‘traumedy’”.
Friel commented: “Pulse was the obvious home for this story. I find Thomas Benski to be one of the most exciting, innovative and cool leaders out there in this mad industry of ours. To be teaming up with Nicola Larder once again is creatively empowering and to continue an already fruitful collaboration on this new venture is thrilling. Karen has entrusted to me the vibrant and compelling world of Juliette and I can’t wait to introduce her to you all.”
Hamilton added: “I loved hearing Anna narrate the audiobook of The Perfect Girlfriend, so I couldn’t be happier or more excited to see Pulse Films and Anna bring Juliette to life on the screen, it’s absolutely ideal. I can’t wait! The Perfect Girlfriend really is in the perfect hands. A total dream come true.”