Lesley Kara

Cuba Pictures Developing Lesley Kara’s Debut Novel ‘The Rumour’ for TV

Deadline reports that Cuba Pictures (McMafia) is producing a TV adaptation of The Rumour, a novel inspired by the real-life case of British child killer Mary Bell.


The book is written by Lesley Kara, an alumn of Faber Academy’s ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She previously worked as a nurse and a secretary until she became a lecturer and manager in further education. The Rumour is Kara’s debut novel and was acquired for adaptation before even being released!



Lesley Kara

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Cuba Pictures Head of Development Louise Mountain explains, “We were completely gripped by The Rumour and are excited to be working to bring Kara’s brilliant story to the screen.”



The Rumour

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The story begins with single mother Joanna, who hears a rumor that a notorious child killer is living in her little town of Flinstead-on-Sea under a new identity. She never intends to pass it on, but one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no taking it back. Joanna finds out just how dangerous one rumor can become and what she’ll do to protect her loved ones after realizing what she’s unleashed.


The Rumour is set to be released in December.





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