The Cry: Helen FitzGerald’s follow-up novel has been optioned

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Due to the rousing success of The Cry, which is currently still airing on BBC One, the production company behind it – Synchronicity – have bought the rights to Helen FitzGerald’s follow-up novel, Australia Day.

Though it isn’t out until 2020, the success of The Cry has buoyed the company into optioning a spiritual sequel. Australia Day isn’t connected to The Cry but it’s said to be a thriller in a similar vein.

It’s described as “a domestic disaster noir and explores small-town secrets in an action-packed thriller format that features a devastating bush fire and its impact on a community” and FitzGerald is currently still writing it.

The Cry is currently airing on Sunday nights and follows a couple, played by Jenna Coleman and Ewen Leslie, who are placed in the court of public opinion after the disappearance of their child.

Additionally, The Cry continues to sell internationally. After being snapped up by Sundance Now in the US, The Cry will air on M6 in France, TV2 in Norway, C More (TV4) in Sweden, Canal Plus in Poland, TVNZ in New Zealand, BBC Worldwide for their channels in Benelux, the Middle East and Africa and NPO in the Netherlands.

We’ll keep you updated on Australia Day and The Cry.