Both a novelist and screenwriter, the author is currently in the process of adapting On the slab into a twice-90-minute drama. The adaptation is being produced by Josée Dayan for France Télévision.
On the slab is the latest thriller by Fred Vargas, and it is being adapted for the small screen by Emmanuel Carrère. The adaptation will star Yvan Attal and Sylvie Testud, and it was announced by France Télévisions on Monday. The production, which is signed by Josée Dayan, will be a twice 90-minute fiction. Filming began on Monday in Brittany and is set to continue till the end of March.
On the slab was published by Flammarion in May 2023. The book takes its readers on a journey with Commissioner Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg to Brittany, between Rennes and Saint-Malo. The plot centers around the murder of a game warden. The Louviec affair, named after a fictitious village in Ille-et-Vilaine, will take on unexpected proportions as the story unfolds.
This book marked the return of Fred Vargas to the genre of crime fiction after a break of six years. Emmanuel Carrère, a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, actor, biographer, filmmaker, and documentary maker, was responsible for the adaptation and dialogues for France Télévisions.
In the adaptation, Yvan Attal will be seen playing the role of Commissioner Adamsberg. He will be joined by renowned actors including Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Sylvie Testud, Virginie Ledoyen, Corinne Masiero, Olivier De Benoist, and Micha Lescot. The release date is yet to be announced.
About fifteen years ago, Emmanuel Carrère had written the script for four detective novels by Fred Vargas for television. These were directed by Josée Dayan and included: Under the winds of Neptune, The man with the blue circles, The upside down man, and An uncertain place. In 2021, he directed Ouistreham, a film inspired by a story by Florence Aubenas.