U.K. Banner Sister Pictures Options Feminist Sci-Fi Novel 'The Power' for TV

The Power sleeve - P - 2016
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Author Naomi Alderman's debut 'Disobedience' is already getting a big screen adaptation, with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams set to star.

What would happen if almost all the women in the world suddenly developed the ability to electrocute people at will?

That's the premise of award-winning author Naomi Alderman’s recently published feminist science-fiction novel The Power, which has now been optioned for TV following a bidding war won by new U.K. production banner Sister Pictures. 

Alderman will write the "long-running, global TV series," with Sister's Katie Carpenter developing. Jane Featherstone, the former CEO of Endemol Shine-owned banner Kudos and exec producer of Broadchurch and Humans who set up Sister Pictures in January, will exec produce The Power alongside Naomi de Pear and Alderman.

Alderman's acclaimed debut novel Disobedience, about an Orthodox Jewish woman who rekindles a lesbian love affair with her now-married best friend, is being adapted for film with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams set to star. The project, backed by FilmNation, was one of this year's AFM buzzier titles. 

Sister’s current projects includes The Split by BAFTA-winning Suffragette and The Iron Lady writer Abi Morgan for the BBC.