Maria Turtschaninoff’s Novel Maresi Optioned

Swedish-speaking Finnish author Maria Turtschaninoff announced last week that her fantasy novel Maresi has been optioned for a movie by the U.K.-based company Film4.

Congrats—grattis! Awesome news!

The historically inspired fantasy was originally published in Finland in 2014 and awarded the prestigious Finlandia Junior Prize in the same year. It’s the first in the Red Abbey Chronicles series.

Turtschaninoff Maresi US 2017 Cover

Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful films from the U.K. in recent years, including Academy Award winners 12 Years a Slave and Slumdog Millionaire. Earlier Film4 productions include K-Pax, Trainspotting, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The U.S. edition of Maresi will be released January 03, 2017.

A freestanding sequel called Naondel has just been published in Swedish and Finnish, but at this writing there’s no information about translations. Turtschaninoff is currently working on book three for the series.

Maresi comes highly recommended by a friend of mine, but I haven’t yet been able to get it. I’m eagerly looking forward to January!

Image via Maria Turtschaninoff