A24, Scott Rudin Nab TV Rights to Booker Prize-Winning Novel 'Shuggie Bain'

'Shuggie Bain' by Douglas Stuart Book Cover
Grove Press

Author Douglas Stuart's debut novel chronicles the turbulent coming of age story of Hugh "Shuggie" Bain, a young boy who grows up in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland.

Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain is getting the adaptation treatment.

A24 and Scott Rudin Productions have won the rights to Douglas Stuart’s highly acclaimed debut novel to adapt for television, it was announced Thursday

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush will produce. A network is not yet attached for the adaptation.

Douglas Stuart's debut Shuggie Bain (Grove Atlantic) received critical acclaim this year, becoming an international bestseller after its February publication. His novel won the Booker Prize, recognized as "The Book of the Year" by The Telegraph and The London Times and was one of the finalists for the National Book Award in Fiction. It was also a finalist for The Kirkus Prize, The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and a nominee for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Shuggie Bain chronicles the turbulent coming of age story of Hugh "Shuggie" Bain, a young boy growing up in the 1980s in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland and is a caretaker for his alcoholic mother Agnes. While dealing with his mother's battle with addiction and sobriety, Shuggie is also struggling to somehow live a normal life while being bullied by his classmates for being gay.

"Douglas Stuart is an incredibly talented and sophisticated writer, capturing his world and characters with the kind of authenticity, rhythm, vivid detail, and heartbreaking emotion that you rarely see in any book, let alone a debut novel," said A24 and Scott Rudin Productions. "We are so excited to work with him to tell this powerful and deeply moving story in a new way."

Stuart wrote Shuggie Bain over a ten-year period and is currently working on his second novel, Loch Awe.

"I am thrilled to be partnering with A24 and Scott Rudin Productions in bringing Shuggie Bain to the screen," said Stuart. "I often thought of the book in cinematic terms, and the glamorous, calamitous Agnes Bain certainly believes herself to be the star of her own movie. This is a chance to show the city of Glasgow with all her tenacity and unsinkable spirit, and to celebrate the love and hope between Shuggie and Agnes."

Scott Rudin Productions and A24 have previously teamed up for collaborations that include Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, Uncut Gems from Josh & Benny Safdie and Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow.

A24’s television credits include the HBO Emmy-winning series Euphoria and the Golden-Globe winning and Emmy nominee, Ramy.