The Crown writer, Ed Hemming, has been brought on board to write the script for the TV series, which will be “set in the near future about a relationship between a father and son after a fever has wiped out 97% of the population,” says Fred Weston Smith, a script editor at Sid Gentle.
The project is at the early stages of development, but should create a lot of buzz, following the huge success of Sid Gentle’s BAFTA and Golden Globe- nominated female spy-action series Killing Eve, backed by BBC America. The third series of the hugely popular show has just gone into production in the UK.
Meyer’s novel, Fever, has been published all over the world, including by Hodder in the UK, Grove Atlantic in the US and Jonathan Ball in South Africa.
Billed as a cross between Stephen King’s The Stand and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Fever is narrated by a 47-year-old man who tells of his teenage years when his father founded a small settlement in South Africa, safe from a virus that has killed most of the world's population. But as the community grew, so did their problems, their jealousies and the moving relationship between father and son.
Sid Gentle was formed in 2013 by Sally Woodward Gentle and has since produced the ITV ratings hit The Durrells and Sky Arts’ acclaimed Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories, as well as Killing Eve.