Juno Dawson, award-winning YA novelist and non-fiction LGBT advocate, has just had the rights to her 2017 memoir Gender Games optioned by TV production company SunnyMarch.
SunnyMarch, which is co-run by Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland, has announced a number of adaptations including A Child in Time on BBC1 and Patrick Melrose for Sky Atlantic. This will be the first time the company have optioned the rights for a non-fiction piece.
The show, like Dawson’s novel, will explore her journey post-tradition and celebrate the importance of female friendship and the meaning of womanhood. The series is currently at an unknown number of episodes, but each one will run for 30 minutes.
Rose Lewenstein has been brought on board to adapt the biography. As a British writer of both stage and screen in addition to being a collaborator on the Channel 4 project 4Stories, she seems like the perfect fit to adapt the prize-winning memoir.
Juno has been a strong voice within the young adult community for many years now and is a consistent role model for many that meet her or read her novels. While she documented her transition through a series of articles written for Glamour Magazine, Gender Games being optioned as a TV series is a wonderful achievement that will allow a modern day drama, as Juno puts it, “authentically explore the trans experience of life and love”.