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BBC Films, Shine Pictures acquire film rights to 'The Farm'

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MUMBAI: BBC Films and Shine Pictures, the film division of Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Group, have bought the rights to psychological thriller The Farm, the latest novel penned by Tom Rob Smith.

Smith's latest book is set in London and Sweden and tells the tale of a boy who believes his parents are living a peaceful life on a farm in rural Sweden. He gets a call from his father telling him his mother has escaped from a mental hospital shortly after being committed. Then his mother calls and asks him to allow her to give her side of the story.

It will be produced by Shine’s head of film, Ollie Madden, with Christine Langan exec producing for BBC Films.

Smith’s Child 44 trilogy has sold more than four million copies worldwide, the first of which has been made as a film directed by Daniel Espinosa starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. It is due for release this year.

Smith also created the five-part BBC-backed miniseries London Spy, which will air in 2015.

Shine Pictures and the public broadcaster's movie division previously worked together on Salmon Fishing In the Yemen.

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