Yellow Bird UK Options The Collective


Yellow Bird UK, a part of Banijay UK, is set to adapt for a TV series The Collective, a brand-new novel from Alison Gaylin.

The book, which launches in November, is centered around Camille Gardener, a grieving and angry mother who remains obsessed with the privileged young man she believes to be responsible for her daughter’s death five years ago. She is ultimately drawn into a “collective” of mothers with similar stories of loss and desire for retribution.

Luke Franklin, director of development for Yellow Bird UK, said: “In The Collective, Alison Gaylin has crafted an unputdownable, subversively playful thriller which pulls no punches in the timely, hard questions it asks of protagonist Camille Gardener—a flawed, heroic, complex female lead of the sort we rarely see—and of the society whose injustices she attempts to redress.”

Berna Levin, Creative Director for Yellow Bird UK, said: “From page one I was gripped—Camille forces us to examine our own moral compass, and indeed what we’d do faced with the same high-stakes choices—and I knew The Collective should be adapted for the screen. I’m honoured that Alison has entrusted Yellow Bird UK to do so.”

Alison Gaylin, added: “As a mother, I thought about the worst possible thing that could happen—a child taken, the person responsible going unpunished… I don’t think I would ever be able to “move on” from something like that, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized how tragically common it is. That was the seed that inspired The Collective. A lot of emotion went into the writing of it, and I think it’s by far my most terrifying book.I couldn’t think of better people to bring it to life onscreen than the brilliant team at Yellow Bird UK. I’m so impressed with their ideas for the book, and by the shows they’ve produced. I’m thrilled to be partnering with them.”