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Juno Dawson’s ‘Meat Market’ to be adapted for television

The rights to Juno Dawson’s highly anticipated new novel ‘Meat Market’ have been picked by Unstoppable Film & Television, the production company run by Noel Clarke and Jason Maza.

‘Meat Market’, set to be released early next year, is set in the world of modelling and follows Jana Novak, a 16-year-old girl of Serbian descent, as she is catapulted from her South London council estate roots to international stardom as a model. The book was written following two years extensive research by Dawson into the fashion industry.

Juno Dawson said: “I’m beyond thrilled to be collaborating with Unstoppable on my first TV adaptation; their warm enthusiasm for Jana’s story was overwhelming.”

The fashion industry can be a scary place and it feels timely to explore the ugly side of something that’s outwardly beautiful.

“As well as being a model, Jana is a normal teenage girl, going through heartbreaks and triumphs – I want “Meat Market” to be as funny and outrageous as it is compelling.”

Noel Clarke and Jason Maza, directors of Unstoppable added: “‘Meat Market’ is an irreverent, entertaining and funny story that also tackles the huge contemporary themes of #MeToo and the hypersexualisation of girls.

We were instantly drawn to the story itself and to the power of Juno’s writing, which has great warmth and humour even when she takes us to dangerous places. Juno’s research gives the story absolute authenticity and it is ideal to adapt as a returning series for television.

‘Meat Market’ follows the release of Dawson’s best-selling novel ‘Clean’ which was voted a ‘Must Read’ by Cosmopolitan. ‘Meat Market’ will be published by Quercus Children’s Books, an imprint of Hachette Children’s Group, in May 2019.

Unstoppable Film & Television recently joined the All3Media group and recently produced the UK box office success and TIFF 2016’s ‘Brotherhood’, ‘10×10’ starring Luke Evans and Kelly Reilly, and LFF 2018’s ‘The Fight’.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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