Benedict Cumberbatch to turn environmental disaster novel into film

Benedict Cumberbatch aims to become a top Hollywood producer by bringing several novels to the screen.

Actor-turned-producer Benedict Cumberbatch is turning a gripping new novel into a film.

The 40-year-old Doctor Strange star has bought the film rights to novelist Megan Hunter's debut book The End We Start From via his SunnyMarch production company.

Benedict is now excited to turn the book, about a mother and her newborn child who are forced to become refugees after London is flooded due to climate change, into a movie.

"The End We Start From is a stunning tale of motherhood," he told Variety magazine. "Megan has crafted a striking and frighteningly real story of a family fighting for survival that will make everyone stop and think about what kind of planet we are leaving behind for our children. We're beyond thrilled to be bringing this story to life."

Megan, whose novel is released on Thursday (18May17), is delighted that Benedict and his production partners at Hera Pictures are the ones bringing her story to the screen.

“It's a wonderful opportunity to see my work translated into a new medium, particularly by a group of people with such a heartfelt appreciation of the book. I can't wait to see what emerges from this exciting collaboration,” she smiled.

The End We Start From is just the latest novel Benedict has required the film rights to, as in March it was announced he would produce and star in a movie based on Matt Haig's forthcoming novel How to Stop Time.

Benedict will play a man with an extremely rare condition that has kept him alive for centuries in the time twisting romantic drama.

The actor is also planning to film British novelist Geoffrey Household's classic 1939 thriller Rogue Male.

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