'Hollywood want to make a movie out of my book', says James Rebanks
The bestselling author of The Shepherd's Life confirms a potential film adaptation of his book
James Rebanks may follow in the footsteps of the generations of shepherds who have gone before him, but now he could be bringing the trials and traditions of their lifestyle to the big screen.
The 40-year-old author of The Shepherd's Life has achieved bestselling success with his non-fiction book, which details his life and the farming traditions of those who have worked on the land in the Lake District for centuries.
The book, which was given five stars by The Telegraph, is a bestseller in the UK and Canada, and is being translated into Swedish and German.
Along with his Twitter account, which includes images of Rebanks's flock, sheepdogs and local Matterdale, Cumbria landscape, Rebanks has become a shepherding sensation around the world.
There is even, Rebanks says, interest in a film.
The shepherd and father-of-three told the Associated Press: "Somebody from Hollywood rang up yesterday, wanting to make a movie out of my book. Which is completely bonkers."
James Gill, Rebanks agent, suggested that the book was hot property for adaptation by the film industry: "There has been a lot of interest in that world", he told The Telegraph.
"We've had offers on TV rights, and there has been lots of interest in making a film too."
Gill said that no deal had been confirmed yet.