A few months ago, it was announced that Jodie Comer of Killing Eve and Free Guy will be starring in the apocalyptic thriller The End We Start From, an adaptation of author Megan Hunter’s 2017 debut novel. You can pick up a copy of Hunter’s novel at THIS LINK. Now Deadline reports that Katherine Waterston of Alien: Covenant and the Fantastic Beasts franchise is joining Comer in the film. Waterston is taking on the role of a character called O.
The End We Start From is set to be directed by Mahalia Belo (The Long Song) from a screenplay by Alice Birch, who is a writer and story editor on the HBO series Succession. Birch is also showrunner on the upcoming Dead Ringers series based on the 1988 David Cronenberg film. Described as a “feminist survival story”, The End We Start From will tell the following story:
As London is submerged below floodwaters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, she and her baby are forced to leave their home in search of safety. They head north through a newly dangerous country seeking refuge from place to place. The story traces fear and wonder as the baby grows, thriving and content against all the odds.
Hunter’s novel is said to be “a lyrical vision of the strangeness and beauty of new motherhood, and a tale of endurance in the face of ungovernable change.”
Anton and BBC Film are co-financing the film adaptation, with SunnyMarch’s Leah Clarke and Adam Ackland, Hera Pictures’ Liza Marshall, and C2’s Jason Cloth and Dave Caplan producing alongside Sophie Hunter and Amy Jackson. Comer serves as an executive producer with Anton’s Sébastien Raybaud and Cecile Gaget and BBC Film’s Eva Yates, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch. SunnyMarch is Cumberbatch’s production company, and Anton has a minority share in it.
Clarke, Marshall, and Ackland previously described The End We Start From as “a story about motherhood, separation, social and environmental upheaval, and those primal instincts in us which draw moments of joy and inspiration out of the chaos.” Filming begins this month.
The End We Start From sounds like it could be interesting. Have you read Hunter’s novel, and are you looking forward to the adaptation? Let us know by leaving a comment below.