Translation Rights  |  May 8, 2019

Erin Somers to adapt Stay Up With Hugo Best for the big screen

Erin Somers is to adapt her acclaimed debut novel Stay Up With Hugo Best for the big screen, in a just-announced deal with the Gotham Group. The Gotham Group have recently produced film adaptations of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner trilogy and Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl.

The book follows June Bloom, a broke, cynical 29-year-old writers' assistant on the late night comedy show, Stay Up With Hugo Best. Hugo Best is in his 60s, a beloved icon of TV and humour, and a notorious womanizer. After an unexpected invitation to join Best at his mansion for the weekend, the enigmatic late-night host gradually reveals his true self.

Stay Up With Hugo Best was recently published in the US by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, and Tinder Press have the UK rights. The title was selected for Lauren Graham’s book club and has been written up in Vogue, Bustle, Refinery29 and has glowing reviews by such writers as Carl Hiaasen, Weike Wang, Miriam Toews and Gary Shteyngart.

Somers has previously written for The New Yorker and American Short Fiction, and was a 2016 NYC Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow.