Poem-Turned-Play 'Pink Mist' Getting Film Adaptation Courtesy of Catalyst

Catalyst Global Media, Al Hardiman, Charlotte Walls, Gideon Lyons

Owen Sheers' dramatic poem about the trauma of modern warfare was named Welsh Book of the Year in 2013.

It's been a busy month for Catalyst Global Media, the London-based startup launched last year by former Matador Pictures producer Charlotte Walls.

Less than a week after announcing a writer for its upcoming TV adaptation of YA novel Cuckoo Song, the banner has added another project to its slate, this time for the big screen. 

Catalyst announced Wednesday that it will adapt Pink Mist, the hard-hitting verse-drama from poet and novelist Owen Sheers that was named Welsh Book of the Year in 2013. The story centers on three childhood friends from the U.K. who are deployed to fight in Afghanistan while still in their teens, and the psychological and physical aftershocks experienced once they return home.

The stage version of Pink Mist was voted one of top 10 plays of 2015 by The Guardian and Observer newspapers. 

"Great films always start with great material, and we know we have this with Pink Mist," said Walls. "Telling the powerful story of Pink Mist through a cinematic lens will allow audiences to connect, envelop and react in ways they had not before and this is very attractive to us as creative storytellers."

Alongside Pink Mist and Cuckoo Song, Catalyst is exec producing another adaptation of a stage play for the big screen; Ghost Stories, starring Martin Freeman and Alex Lawther; coming-of-age comedy Find Your Feet, featuring the all-star British lineup of Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and Joanna Lumley; and The Hype, a "rock and roll black comedy" and the first project from the company's partnership with Warner Music to develop biopics and documentaries based on its roster of artists.