Words: Steve Brown
The rights to Juno Dawson's upcoming book 'Meat Market' have been acquired by Noel Clarke's production company.
The author and Attitude columnist spent two years of extensive research into the fashion industry to create her novel and now Unstoppable Film & Television - the production company run by Clarke and Jason Maza - has acquired the rights to adapt the novel.
'Meat Marketfollows Jana Novak, a 16-year-old girl of Serbian descent who is catapulted from her south London council estate roots to international stardom as a model.
Juno 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."