Lionsgate Nabs Kate Atkinson Best-Seller 'Life After Life'

11:16 AM PST 08/14/2013 by Tatiana Siegel
"Life After Life"

A pair of hot TV writers -- Semi Chellas of "Mad Men" and Esta Spalding of "The Bridge" -- will adapt the novel for the big screen, while "Twilight's" Temple Hill is producing.

Lionsgate has acquired the big-screen rights to Kate Atkinson’s best-selling novel Life After Life, with Twilight producer Temple Hill Entertainment on board to produce.

Semi Chellas and Esta Spalding are adapting the book, which became a critical hit and a New York Times best-seller after it was published in April by Reagan Arthur Books, an imprint of Little, Brown.

Temple Hill creative executive Jaclyn Huntling brought the project into the company.

Set against the backdrop of World War II, the book explores the theme of what one would do differently if one could live life over again. Protagonist Ursula Todd discovers she has the extraordinary ability to restart her life from scratch, over and over, and finds that even the smallest of choices can have a big impact.

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The book was named to both Oprah and Martha Stewart’s summer reading lists and is Amazon’s Editors No. 1 pick of 2013.

Chellas is already in the Lionsgate fold as a writer on Mad Men. Spalding recently wrote for FX's show The Bridge.

Erik Feig, Gillian Bohrer and James Myers will oversee the project for Lionsgate.

Atkinson is represented by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in London. Chellas and Spalding are handled by UTA and by Lesley Harrison in Canada. Spalding is additionally represented by Jerry Kalajian at IPG, while Chellas is also handled by attorney Ken Richman.

Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate.

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