Lisa Moore‘s 2013 best-selling novel Caught (House of Anansi Press) is slated to hit the small screen, with Newfoundland actor Allan Hawco to play the lead role of David Slaney. The project is currently in development for the CBC.
Hawco, who plays Jake Doyle on CBC’s Republic of Doyle, will also act as producer. The novel is being adapted by Hawco’s Take the Shot Productions with independent studio Entertainment One.
Caught, Moore’s fifth work of fiction, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. In it, David Slaney is a fugitive who escapes prison in Nova Scotia, where he was incarcerated for attempting to smuggle more than $1 million worth of marijuana into the country. Moore’s novel follows its hero’s precarious journey as he attempts to find his former partner in crime, who has jumped bail, and reconcile with his girlfriend.
Anansi negotiated the deal on behalf of the author.