Banijay’s Screen Line Productions to Adapt Gemma Malley’s Novel The Declaration

24 May, 2024

Content powerhouse, Banijay Entertainment, today announces Screen Line Productions, part of Banijay France, has acquired the rights to Gemma Malley’s acclaimed young adult novel, The Declaration.

Set in the year 2140, a future where longevity drugs have made it possible for people to live indefinitely, the dystopian novel follows sixteen-year-old Anna, a child born into an overpopulated world that views her existence as surplus. Her life in a Surplus Hall, where unwanted children are sent, takes a dramatic turn with the arrival of a new resident, Peter. Together, they embark on a perilous journey that challenges the very essence of their society’s values.

Alexia Laroche-Joubert, CEO of Banijay France says: “This has been a deeply personal project for me since I first discovered this gripping novel fifteen years ago, and recognised its potential for adaptation. The quest for longevity is a fascinating societal concept, and the novel expertly weaves these thought-provoking ethical and moral dilemmas around life and death. Combined with its rich universe and intriguing characters, I have no doubt The Declaration will make for a captivating series.”

Frederic Lussato, Screen Line Productions adds: “Embarking on the journey to adapt this sci-fi novel aligns perfectly with our goal to produce premium content for young adults. The Declaration is a real page-turner with gripping suspense, but also explores universal themes of freedom and love. Bringing this compelling story to the screen promises to engage viewers like never before.”

The novel will be adapted by Morgan S. Dalibert and Mathieu Lalande, a talented duo recognised for their work on numerous short-films and feature-length movies. More recently, Dalibert directed the French thriller AKA for Netflix, co-written with Alban Lenoir.

Launched in 2022, Screen Line Productions is developing an ambitious portfolio of scripted shows for the French and international market. It has already landed its first commission with Trash, a new mini-series for Prime Video, which is inspired by the real life-events of Loft Story, the French adaptation of Big Brother.