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Canadian Eternity Martis's bestselling memoir They Said This Would Be Fun to be adapted to television

Toronto production company Temple Street has acquired the film and TV rights to adapt the memoir, which is about being a Black student at a predominantly white Ontario university.
They Said This Would Be Fun is a book by Eternity Martis. (McClelland & Stewart, eternitymartis.com)

Canadian journalist Eternity Martis's debut memoir They Said This Would Be Fun is slated for a screen adaptation.

Toronto-based production company Temple Street has acquired the rights to the memoir, which is about Martis's experience as one of the few Black students at a mostly white Ontario university.

Eternity Martis on her memoir of university life, They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life and Growing Up. 4:03

"I'm so thrilled that the book is being adapted," Martis told CBC Books in an email. "While writing the book, I thought a lot about the visual elements of the stories I was telling, so it's really affirming to get feedback that it has the potential to be adapted."

They Said This Would Be Fun, currently in its second printing in Canada, examines the systemic issues that define the college experience for racialized and marginalized students.

Martis is a Toronto-based writer and former senior editor at Xtra. Her work focuses on issues of race and gender and has been featured in Vice, Salon, Hazlitt, TVO.org, The Walrus, Huffington Post and CBC. 

CBC Books named Martis a writer to watch in 2020.

Eternity Martis wrote a book that chronicles her experience with racism while attending Western University. Martis joins London Morning to discuss the book called They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life and Growing Up. 7:15

"I'm so grateful and appreciative of the response to They Said This Would Be Fun. I've been hearing from people of all generations and experiences, from Grade 12 teachers whose students are reading the book, to parents who are sharing their copies and having discussions with their kids, to current and former students and people in higher education," said Martis.

"One thing I've continued to hear from Black people and people of colour is that the book helped people heal and finally confront some of the traumas that they had repressed during their time at university. I hope this book and the conversations that have been taking place are enough to start creating accountable, unified, tangible action at post-secondary institutions."

No release date for the adaptation has been announced.

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