Anonymous Content, Aquarius Films Partner on TV Adaptation of 'The Subjugate'

Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford
Sally Flegg; Courtesy of Angry Robot Books

Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford

A high-concept sci-fi thriller, Amanda Bridgeman's book explores a series of mysterious murders that take place in a futuristic community that has shunned technology and closed itself off from the modern world.

Anonymous Content and Aquarius Films have joined forces to produce the sci-fi crime thriller series The Subjugate, based on the popular novel of the same name by Australian author Amanda Bridgeman.

The long-format series will be produced by Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford for Aquarius Films and Luke Rivett and Ryan Cunningham for Anonymous Content.

Published by Angry Robot Books, The Subjugate is set in the year 2040 in a religious community dubbed The Bountiful, which has turned its back on technology and the modern world. After a series of murders take place in the town, the obvious suspects are The Subjugates, violent offenders who are transformed into town servants, known as "Serenes," at the mysterious Solme Complex. Sent from the city to investigate the crimes, two homicide detectives are met with open hostility. In a place where purity and sin, temptation and repression live side by side, everyone has a motive. But as the body count mounts, the frustrated detectives begin to crack under the pressure — and as their mutual mistrust builds, they set out on parallel investigations, which finally collide at the Complex.

The Guardian's book critic described the novel as "a compelling seat-of-the-pants murder mystery and a fascinating inquiry into good and evil and the possibility of redemption."

Said producers Rivett and Cunningham: "Amanda has created an incredibly complex world that examines the bonds between good and evil and what happens when the lines between the two are blurred. We are thrilled to collaborate with Angie, Polly and the Aquarius team to bring Amanda’s novel to life onscreen."

Sydney and Melbourne-based Aquarius Films was co-founded by Fielder and Staniford. The company's focus has been on prestige television and film, with recent credits including Lion, starring Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel and Rooney Mara; Cate Shortland's Berlin Syndrome, starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt; and Joel Edgerton's Wish You Were Here, which premiered at Sundance and won two Australian Academy of Cinema and TV Awards.

Recent Anonymous Content-produced series include the Peabody Award-winning Dickinson, which recently debuted its second season, and George Clooney's Catch-22.