Synchronicity Films Develops TV Adaptation Of Andrew O’Hagan’s ‘Mayflies’

Andrew O'Hagan, Mayflies
Andrew O’Hagan AP

EXCLUSIVE: Synchronicity Films, producer of Jenna Coleman-fronted BBC drama The Cry, is developing a TV adaptation of Andrew O’Hagan’s 2020 novel Mayflies.

Synchronicity has attached Andrea Gibb to pen the limited series after she recently worked on BAFTA-winning BBC drama Elizabeth Is Missing, starring Glenda Jackson.

Mayflies is a heart-breaking story about an extraordinary lifelong friendship forged between James and Tully in a small Scottish town in 1986.

Their companionship takes them to Manchester, where they spend a magical weekend steeped in music and everything that inspires them in working-class Britain.

They make a vow to each other that weekend to go at life differently. But then, 30 years on, half a life away, the phone rings. Tully has the worst kind of news.

Synchronicity founder Claire Mundell said: “His depiction of a life-long friendship spanning the exuberance and promise of youth to the painful realities of later life is at once life-affirming, joyful and heart-breaking. In a time of turmoil, Mayflies is balm for the soul.”

O’Hagan added: “I look forward to supporting the production in every way I can, and encouraging these brilliant people in their task of bringing to the screen my most personal novel yet.”

Mayflies launched in the UK on September 3 and heads to North America on March 23, 2021. It is published by Faber & Faber in the UK, and McClelland & Stewart in Canada.

O’Hagan is represented by Casarotto Ramsay and Associates and RCW Literary Agency, while Gibb is repped by Curtis Brown.

Glasgow-based Synchronicity optioned Shankari Chandran’s debut novel Song Of The Sun God in July and teamed with Nashville executive producer Steve Buchanan on music-centered mystery thriller Shepherd’s Retreat last December. It also optioned The Tattooist Of Auschwitz in 2018.

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