Editor-in-chief of leading film magazine Empire (and all round incredible woman), Terri White’s memoir Coming Undone has been optioned by Bad Wolf to be adapted into a TV series.
Coming Undone recounts the conflict between White’s outer success and inner struggle; growing up in poverty, enduring sexual and physical abuse and resulting in her time spent on a psychiatric ward. As the book summary states, it is “the story of Terri’s unravelling and her precarious navigation back from a life in pieces”.
UK production company ‘Bad Wolf’ is a sound choice to adapt the book, as they were behind last years successful and star-studded His Dark Materials series (based on the bestselling novels by Philip Pullman), and 2018’s A Discovery of Witches, also adapted from a series by Deborah Harkness. Kate Crowther of Bad Wolf said “Coming Undone is an exceptional, powerful memoir from the ferociously talented Terri White, and from the moment I read it I knew we were the right team to develop it.”
Revealing the news on Twitter, Terri posted the Deadline Hollywood article with the caption; “It’s been quite the few weeks”, but sharing the piece by her home publication, Empire, she was “fully crying”, following up that “I didn’t even mention it to them. They found out from the internet because I felt too awkward”.
“I wrote to try and give a voice to what so many of us experience in the shadows.”
In a statement, Terri later went on; “To say I’m excited about working with Bad Wolf on an adaptation of Coming Undone is a gargantuan understatement… Their reputation for producing bold, brave, brilliant telly makes them the perfect home for my book – one I wrote to try and give a voice to what so many of us experience in the shadows. That voice is set to get a lot louder.”
Despite no cast or crew being announced as of yet, it looks like Coming Undone is in safe hands. And if you’re wondering what the Empire team think? “A(n unofficial) statement from the Empire team reads: “We are incredibly proud of our glorious leader.”” – as they should be.
Last modified: 29th July 2020