Libby Page’s debut novel sold to Simon & Schuster in the U.S. and tells the story of an unlikely friendship forged in London.
Catalyst Global Media is set to re-team with Finding Your Feet writers Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard for a feature film adaptation of The Lido, the highly anticipated debut novel from Libby Page.
The book sold to Orion in the U.K. and to Simon & Schuster in the U.S. within 24 hours of submission. The novel has now been sold to more than 24 territories around the world.
Catalyst CEO Charlotte Walls will produce the feature film adaptation.
Set in south London, The Lido tells the story of an unexpected friendship between a lost and lonely 26-year old woman trying to find her place in the U.K. capital and a local widow and pensioner who has very much found her place, but risks losing it to modernization and development. The two join forces to save the iconic Brockwell Lido, under threat of closure by the council, in a poignant and life-affirming tale of contemporary loneliness and unlikely friendship.
Catalyst most recently worked with the writing team of Moorcroft and Leonard on Richard Loncraine’s feel- good comedy-drama Finding Your Feet, which stars Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, and Joanna Lumley, and was just acquired by Roadside Attractions for a U.S. theatrical release. eOne is releasing the film in the U.K.
The Lido adds to a busy year for Catalyst, which recently wrapped principal photography on Slaughterhouse Rulez for Sony, a comedy horror directed by Crispian Mills starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Michael Sheen, Asa Butterfield and Finn Cole, and which Pegg and Frost also executive produce through their newly-launched Stolen Picture banner. Meanwhile a flurry of recent sales activity across the company’s slate has included a U.S. deal for the favorably-reviewed London Film Festival premiere Ghost Stories, the adaptation of the hit play from directors…