The Young Mungo adaptation, based on the novel by Douglas Stuart, is in good hands with a company like A24. If the same production studio is going to keep buying the rights to your books, they’re probably the best case scenario. It also means fans of the book will have high expectations in seeing these characters brought to life on screen.
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This page was updated: 8/10/23
About The Book:
Growing up in a housing estate in Glasgow, Mungo and James are born under different stars–Mungo a Protestant and James a Catholic–and they should be sworn enemies if they’re to be seen as men at all. Yet against all odds, they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in the pigeon dovecote that James has built for his prize racing birds.
As they fall in love, they dream of finding somewhere they belong, while Mungo works hard to hide his true self from all those around him, especially from his big brother Hamish, a local gang leader with a brutal reputation to uphold. And when several months later Mungo’s mother sends him on a fishing trip to a loch in Western Scotland with two strange men whose drunken banter belies murky pasts, he will need to summon all his inner strength and courage to try to get back to a place of safety, a place where he and James might still have a future.
Imbuing the everyday world of its characters with rich lyricism and giving full voice to people rarely acknowledged in the literary world, Young Mungo is a gripping and revealing story about the bounds of masculinity, the divisions of sectarianism, the violence faced by many queer people, and the dangers of loving someone too much.
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Current Production Status:
This project is in the early stages of development.
Young Mungo Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first released in April 2022 to critical acclaim, although not quite to the extent of Douglas Stuart’s debut novel.
Nearly a year later in March 2023 it was announced that A24, who had already acquired the rights to Shuggie Bain, had picked up the rights to Young Mungo as well with Stuart attached to write the screenplay.
Who Owns The Rights:
A24 acquired the rights and is leading production on the series.
Who Is Attached:
As of Summer 2023 there have been no casting announcements or names attached to the film.
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With the project still in the very early stages of development there are currently no known filming locations yet.
There is currently no estimated release timeframe made public as of Summer 2023 for when this movie will come to our screens.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This book was featured in the ‘April 2022 Most Anticipated New Book Releases’!
Other Adaptations From This Author:
‘Shuggie Bain’, Stuart’s debut novel that won the Booker Prize, is also being adapted into a series with the same production team.
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