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Mare of Easttown’s Wiip puts culinary-focused novel The Lemon on the menu

Authors of The Lemon (left to right): Joe Keohane, Kevin Alexander and Alessandra Lusardi

Mare of Easttown prodco Wiip has lined up its next piece of IP, optioning the rights to a recently released culinary-focused novel called The Lemon.

The property comes from author S E Boyd, a pseudonym created by a trio of writers: Alessandra Lusardi, Kevin Alexander and Joe Keohane.

Published earlier this month by Penguin-owned Viking Press, the story begins when the universally adored host of a culinary travel series is found dead in an apparent suicide while filming on location in Belfast. As the news of his untimely demise breaks stateside, a group of friends, fixers, hustlers and opportunists vie to seize control of the narrative.

Lusardi, Alexander and Keohane are adapting the novel for television and will serve as executive producers alongside Wiip’s Paul Lee, Mark Roybal and Nate Winslow.

The Lemon is the second book optioned by Wiip in recent months. The US-based company also optioned rights to The Memo, a forthcoming novel from culture journalists and former Wall Street Journal reporters Rachel Dodes and Lauren Mechling. It is developing the book for television in partnership with screenwriter and director Aline Brosh McKenna’s production company Lean Machine.

In addition to HBO’s Mare of Easttown, Wiip’s credits include Amazon Prime Video’s The Summer I Turned Pretty, Apple TV+’s Dickinson and The Roku Channel’s Dummy.

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