Endemol Studios’ scripted pod Additional Dialogue has made its first book acquisition, picking up rights to Lauren Beukes’ supernatural suspenser Broken Monsters to develop as a drama series. The novel follows Detective Gabriella Versado, also the single mom of a 15-year-old daughter, as she tracks a murderer who mutilates victims in bizarre and alarming ways. Her investigation winds through present-day Detroit — from police precincts to the underground art scene to the Internet-driven secret lives of teenage girls. A teenager, a homeless man and an upstart journalist also play a role in the hunt for the disturbing and possibly otherworldly serial killer.
Additional Dialogue’s Scott Aversano and Tom Gormican will serve as executive producers, with VP Development Jessica Matthews and Director of Development Lydia Storie overseeing the project. “Beukes’ novel captures our culture’s fascination with horror,” Aversano said. “Her clever choice to explore this within the constructs of a supernatural novel – especially one which presents its own horribleness so elegantly – is a delightful paradox.” Broken Monsters was published last year. Beukes’ other novels include The Shining Girls and Zoo City.