‘Shōgun’ Director Jonathan Van Tulleken To Adapt Andrew Michael Hurley’s Novel ‘The Loney’ For TV

Shogun director Jonathan van Tulleken will lead a TV adaptation of Andrew Michael Hurley’s debut novel, The Loney.

In a competitive situation, New Regency Television International acquired rights to the book and has attached van Tulleken, who will direct and executive-produce the initial episodes of the upcoming Blade Runner 2099.

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Van Tulleken will work with New Regency Television International execs Ed Rubin, Emma Broughton and Beth Pattinson out of the company’s UK office. Shōgun, which he directed for Disney+, has been one of the most streamed originals of 2024 to date.

The Loney, Hurley’s first novel, was a Sunday Times bestseller, tells the story of two brothers on a journey through northwest England where they encounter unnerving secrets and become enmeshed in a series of terrifying events that shape their lives forever. It has attracted praise from the likes of Stephen King and won the the British Book Awards’ Book of the Year.

After that, Hurley published two more horror novels, Devil’s Day and Starve Acre, the latter of which is being adapted as a film, starring Matt Smith and Morfydd Clark. He is published by John Murray Press.

“It’s wonderful to be working with New Regency and Jonathan van Tulleken,” said Hurley. “They are genuine fans of the novel and as fascinated as I am with faith, family, and folk horror. Screen adaptation gives a story a whole new dimension, and I’m excited to see where The Loney goes next.”

“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to adapt The Loney,” said van Tulleken. “Its dark allure, complex characters and twisting narrative are a perfect foundation for a deeply compelling and visually immersive series that is an absolute gift for a director.”

New Regency Television International is behind shows such as conspiracy thriller Prime Target for Apple TV+, which stars Leo Woodall and Quintessa Swindell, and BritBox and AMC drama The Beast Must Die. The U.S.-based parent Regency Television is working on the likes of Mr. & Mrs. Smith for Prime Video starring Donald Glover, and the upcoming Man on Fire, based on A.J. Quinnell’s book series, for Netflix.

Ed Rubin, Head of New Regency Television International, said of The Loney: “Hurley’s novel, rich in British authenticity yet universally resonant, presents an incredible opportunity. Under Jonathan’s visionary direction, we aim to craft a television series that is as haunting as it is unforgettable.”

The book deal was brokered by Luke Speed of Speed Literary and Talent Management on behalf of Lucy Luck at C&W Agency, and Ed Rubin & Oliver Fryer on behalf of New Regency.

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