Jan Dunn (Gypo) is set to direct the film adaptation of Geraldine Brooks’ Year of Wonders for producers Michael Knowles of NoW Films and James Collie of Violet Pictures.

Creative England is backing the project’s development.

Pulitzer winner Brooks’ 2001 novel Year of Wonders is a fictionalised story about a housemaid living in the English village of Eyam, Derbyshire that quarantined itself in 1666 rather than spread the plague.

Dunn is also directing another adaptation, Rose Tremain’s Sacred Country, which will start pre-production this spring.