The Weinstein Company announced that they are acquiring rights in the U.S., Canada, China and Hong Kong to British television drama “Love, Nina.” Adapted from Nina Stibbe’s memoir of the same name, the 30-minute series is directed by S.J. Clarkson (“Jessica Jones,” “Vinyl,” “Orange is the New Black”) and is scripted by Nick Hornby. The cast for the series will include Helena Bonham Carter, Faye Marsay (“Game of Thrones”), Jason Watkins (“Trollied”) and Joshua McGuire (“Mr. Turner,” “About Time).
“This is an extraordinary acquisition for our television team and TWC as a whole,” said Harvey Weinstein, TWC Co-Chairman. “It’s hard to go wrong with a group that has the genius and original minds of Nick Hornby and S.J. Clarkson, not to mention with incredible talent like Helena and this incredible cast. My wife and older daughters adored Nina’s novel and it’s a huge coup for us at TWC to introduce it to TV audiences. We’re also thrilled to be reuniting with Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and the entire See-Saw team whom we’ve continued to grow a very special relationship with ever since “The King’s Speech.”
“‘Love, Nina’ is a profoundly clever read that catches you off guard in the best kind of way; it’s easy to imagine how it could transform into a television series with the same unique, sparkling wit,” said Negeen Yazdi, TWC President of International Production. “Teaming with talent of Nick Hornby, S.J. Clarkson and Helena Bonham Carter’s calibre is an honor and we’re delighted to be along for this wild ride.”
The official series synopsis reads: “In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs: there’s a cat nobody likes, suppertime visits from a famous local playwright, a mysteriously unpaid milk bill, and repeated misadventures parking the family car. Dinner table discussions cover the gamut, from the greats of English literature, to swearing in German, to sexually transmitted diseases. There’s no end to what Nina can learn from these boys (rude words) and their broad-minded mother (the who’s who of literary London). A charming, hilarious, sweetly inspiring celebration of bad food and good company, Love, Nina makes a young woman’s adventures in a new world come alive.”
“Reading the book ‘Love, Nina’ made me quite simply happy,” said Helena Bonham Carter. “So I thought if I did the telly it would make me happy too. But the real reason why I’m doing it is to work with S.J. Clarkson again because she has the same taste in socks as me. And she’s brilliant at what she does.”
“Nina Stibbe’s book ‘Love, Nina’ has already established itself as a much-loved piece of comic writing and I love it,” said Nick Hornby. “Her observations and worldview were the inspiration for a show that we think captures the same spirit. It’s been a joy to write and we’re thrilled with the quality of our cast.”
The acquisition marks the third for TWC’s television division in the month of September. The company also recently picked up Icelandic crime series “Trapped” from RVK Studios and Dynamic Television and primetime miniseries “Dr. Thorne” from Hat Trick International. The deal for “Love, Nina” was negotiated by Robert Walak, Yazdi and Michal Podell Steinberg on behalf of TWC with Hakan Kousetta and Jamie Laurenson negotiating on behalf of See-Saw and represented by Charles Dawson of Lee & Thompson.