BBC Films, Origin team for 'Thunderstorms'

William Boyd's forthcoming London-set thriller

LONDON -- BBC Films and David Thompson's Origin Pictures have secured film rights to the forthcoming London-set novel "Ordinary Thunderstorms," from thriller-writer William Boyd, the parties said Wednesday.

The novel, which is due for publication in September, promises to be a "highly compelling" thriller set against the backdrop of a London-based drug-testing conspiracy, where an ordinary man is accused of a crime he didn't commit and is forced to go on the run around the capital.

Boyd, whose bestsellers include "The Blue Afternoon" and "Any Human Heart," and whose screen-writing credits include "Chaplin," will adapt the screenplay of "Thunderstorms" for the big screen.

"It's a hugely exciting proposition", said David Thompson, "and very rare to come across a big London-set thriller that is both sophisticated and unpredictable in equal measure. We're thrilled to be working with Will [Boyd] and the BBC, and are itching to get on and make this film!"

The project was brought to the BBC by Ed Rubin, Origin's head of development. Stephen Durbridge at The Agency negotiated Boyd's deal with Origin and the BBC.

"We've long been fans of William's work and it's fantastic to be collaborating with him and Origin on this particularly vivid project," said Jane Wright, managing director and executive producer at BBC Films.