Julie Cohen’s The Two Lives of Louis and Louise is a ‘sliding door’ narrative novel set in two parallel universes; one in which a child from in a papermill town in Maine is born a boy called Louis and one in which that same child is born a girl called Louise.
The novel examines the ways in which societal gender norms and expectations push people down certain pathways in their lives, and the consequences gender plays in a world where all circumstances except a character’s gender are equal.
“From the moment each of us is born, perceptions of gender influence every aspect of our lives. I wrote this story to deconstruct those perceptions and explore what makes us not merely male or female, but human,” said Cohen.
This brilliant Polaris Prize long-listed novel is now set to be adapted into a feature film. Enderby Entertainment acquired the worldwide rights to Julie Cohen’s The Two Lives of Louis and Louise after Rick Dugdale, Enderby’s President and CEO, and Brian Sullivan negotiated the deal with Katie Langridge from Knight Hall Agency on behalf of Teresa Chris Literary Agency.
Rick Dugdale, is producing the movie adaptation of Cohen’s novel which is due to begin pre-production in Summer 2020. Swedish filmmaker Lisa James Larsson has been tapped to direct the film adaptation. Larsson will also serve as executive producers on the project alongside Enderby’s Cam Cannon and Juliana Lubin.
“Lisa James Larsson is the perfect person to direct this project—her work is beautiful and intelligent with a strong feminist sensibility. I’m delighted with Enderby Entertainment’s ambition and vision for my novel,” stated the author, Julie Cohen.
While Enderby’s President and CEO, Rick Dugdale added; “This is an incredibly timely, innovative story structure that resonates with communities around the world. Julie’s distinctive voice is fresh, inspiring, and a great novel to adapt for the screen. Coupled together with Lisa’s unique vision, we could not be more excited to see this project come together.”