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The Rabbit Hutch Optioned for Adaptation


Tess Gunty’s The Rabbit Hutch has been optioned by Fremantle and Passenger’s Richard Brown, the producer behind This England, True Detective, Catch-22 and Outlaw King.

Brown will produce the adaptation with Gunty as an executive producer. The story is set over one sweltering week in July in a fictional rustbelt Indiana town and culminates in a bizarre act of violence that changes everything.

The Rabbit Hutch won the 2022 National Book Award for fiction.

Brown said: “Tess Gunty has written a wildly inventive and mesmerizing novel populated with irresistible characters, including a heroine for the ages. We’re delighted that she has trusted us to adapt it for the screen.”

Gunty added: “I’m honored to work with Richard, Passenger and Fremantle. Richard’s ambitious vision, discerning taste and commitment to thoughtful adaptations make him a thrilling fit for this project.”

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