Arsenal Pulp Press is pleased to announce that the film option to Casey Plett’s brilliant award-winning novel Little Fish has been sold to filmmaker Louise Weard, who will produce the adaptation with Black Mansion Films, along with her producing partner, Heather Buckley.
“I am so happy to be developing Casey’s novel Little Fish, a raw and authentic portrait of a trans woman that handles its material with a specificity of voice that is without precedent in the trans stories that have been brought to the screen so far,” Weard says.
“Not only is this a story I connected with as a trans girl from the Canadian Prairies, but Casey’s strength as a writer delivers a story that is emotionally rich; an adaptation has the power to be truly impactful in a time when trans lives have been politicized to the point of abstraction. A serious yet touching character portrait like Little Fish is exactly the type of project I want to bring to life onscreen.”
Plett is equally excited about the idea of Little Fish being adapted in this way.
“I’m so thrilled that Little Fish is on its way to existing onscreen, and I couldn’t be more excited to work on it with a fellow trans woman from the Prairies,” Plett says.
“Since the novel’s publication I’ve been deeply moved by readers’ responses to the story of Wendy Reimer, and I can’t wait to see her and her friends come alive in this medium.”
First published in 2018, Little Fish won the $60,000 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, and a Lambda Literary Award. Plett is also the author of the story collections A Dream of a Woman (longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize) and A Safe Girl to Love, which is being published in a new edition this spring by Arsenal Pulp Press.
Black Mansion Films is repped by Brian Goldberg at WPA.