Deadline understands that the network has just closed a deal to develop the series with an open writing assignment and is now looking to bring in a writer/exec producer.
Fox Entertainment is the studio on the one-hour drama project.
The book, which was published in March by Park Row Books, is centered around a secret apothecary shop that caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.
Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.
The book, which became a New York Times bestseller, is Penner’s debut and it is set to be translated in eleven languages worldwide. Penner, who works full-time in finance and is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, will serve as a consultant on the project.
Penner is repped by CAA and Jankow & Nesbit.
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