The hunt is on for a writer to tackle the project…
Suranne Jones has optioned the rights to Jane Couch’s boxing memoir The Final Round.
Via Variety, Doctor Foster actress Jones and former journalist Laurence Akers will adapt the book, and are now in the process of seeking a writer and a star for it. The book details world champion Couch’s battle with the U.K. Boxing Board of Control, and charts “her upbringing in a fishing village through to her ascent in the boxing world.”
“After all the struggles I went through in my career, the fights in the ring, with the media and in the courts, it’s great that my story will be seen by a whole new audience and the people who helped me along the way, like Sarah and Dinah, will get the recognition they deserve,” Couch said in a statement about the project. “Women’s boxing has come a long way with Katie Taylor and Nicola Adams becoming household names, but there’s still so much more that needs to be done. Hopefully, my story will help.”
Jones added: “As soon as I met Jane, I knew I wanted to tell her story from her perspective and shine a light on this amazing woman who paved the way so others in her position could succeed. TeamAkers cannot wait to get started on developing The Final Round and we’re thrilled to be working with Faith and the team at Lookout Point — we know it’s going to make fantastic television.”