Netflix commissions Brouhaha Entertainment’s ‘Boy Swallows Universe’ adaptation

Netflix has ordered Brouhaha Entertainment’s adaptation of Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe, more than two years after publisher HarperCollins announced it had sold the screen rights to the author’s debut novel.

Happy Feet scribe John Collee will write an eight-part series based on the semi-autobiographical book, which has gone on to sell more than 500,000 copies since its release in 2018.

The story centres on Eli Bell, a young boy growing up in Brisbane during the 1980s that is forced to navigate a lost father, a mute brother, a junkie mum, a heroin dealer for a stepfather, and a notorious crim for a babysitter.

Executive producing are Troy Lum and Andrew Mason of Brouhaha, alongside Blue-Tongue Films’ Joel Edgerton, Chapter One’s Sophie Gardiner, and Anonymous Content’s Kerry Roberts.

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