Australian production company Carver Films (Snowtown, Sunshine) has partnered with prestigious US-based production company Anonymous Content (True Detective, 13 Reasons Why, The Revenant, Babel, Spotlight) to win the screen rights to Christian White’s chart-topping thriller, The Nowhere Child.

The novel – published by Affirm Press on 26 June – has broken the record for the fastest selling Australian debut novel ever, with over 25,000 sales in its first eight weeks. In the coming months the novel will be published in a further 15 countries and translated into 11 languages.

White, who until a year ago was making ends meet by doing a variety of odd jobs in between screenwriting contracts, is elated.

‘The idea of a screen adaption of The Nowhere Child is beyond exciting, and I’m thrilled that it’s in such capable and talented hands. Having worked with Carver before, I know their passion for storytelling is contagious, and Anonymous Content has produced some of my all-time favourite film and TV. Any second now, I’m sure I’ll wake up and discover this is all just a wonderful dream,’ he said.

In a statement Carver said they couldn’t wait to start work on the project with Anonymous.

‘It’s a thrill to be entrusted with the screen adaptation of Christian’s incredible debut novel The Nowhere Child. It’s an enthralling, combustible tale of identity and buried secrets, and we are so excited to be collaborating with Christian on this next phase.’

White will be involved in developing The Nowhere Child with Carver’s Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw, and Anonymous Content’s Luke Rivett and Steve Golin. The deal was brokered by Jennifer Naughton and Candice Thom of RGM Artists in Sydney.