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The need for recognizable properties, writers, and talent is more important than ever to cut through the thousands of hours of scripted TV out there.
Getting the right rights, the right writers, and the right team on board is increasingly tough, and producers are having to get in earlier, and spend more, to get the books and IP that will be the backbone of their drama slates. They also increasingly need to co-produce and attract a number of partners as the pieces of the jigsaw come together.
We run the rule over projects at different stages of development, and which could be the next big thing … if they make it to screen.
East meets West serial killer thriller, “Cognition” hails from Garcia Lopez, the director of super-violent U.K. drama “Utopia.” Catalyst Global Media is bringing the project to market with John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow Films, with Woo exec producing. “Cognition »
- Stewart Clarke
Variety is reporting that Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider is heading to the small screen, with Eleventh Hour Films and ITV tapping Guy Burt (Borgia) to develop a TV series based upon the teen super spy.
The Alex Rider book series launched in 2000, and has went on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide. The TV series will skew older than the teenage target audience of the books, and will be presented as event dramas for family audiences.
“[Burt] is cleverly expanding the characters whilst staying true to the spirit of the original novels to ensure that the series will appeal to both loyal fans and a new generation of viewers,” said Horowitz.
- Amie Cranswick
Busy UK-based indie Eleventh Hour Films has optioned the screen rights to Anthony Horowitz's bestselling Alex Rider novels. BAFTA winner Guy Burt is attached to script a large-scale family series based on the Ya books that chart the adventures of a reluctant teenage super-spy on his missions to save the world. The 10th book in Horowitz’s Rider collection, Never Say Die, was published today. Eleventh Hour is currently developing the idea with ITV, and is also in discussion… »
A TV adaptation of the bestselling Alex Rider book series is in the works at ITV, with “Borgia’s” scribe Guy Burt attached to the project.
U.K.-based drama producer Eleventh Hour Films has optioned the Anthony Horowitz books and will make the series, which is being developed with ITV and is expected to attract international partners. The series will follow the adventures of teenage super-spy Rider on his missions to save the world.
The announcement of a TV adaptation comes as Horowitz releases his 10th Rider book, “Never Say Die.” Horowitz created the series in 2000, and it has since notched 16 million book sales for the English-language editions alone.
The TV series will skew older than the novels, which target teen boys, and will be presented as event dramas for family audiences.
Horowitz said that screenwriter Burt “is cleverly expanding the characters whilst staying true to the spirit of the original novels to ensure that the »
- Stewart Clarke
BritBox, the streaming child of British media giants BBC Worldwide and ITV, has officially launched stateside.
For $6.99 a month, Americans get access to a plethora of past BBC and ITV-produced series — but the service will also be home to various fresh episodes of British soaps and dramas as little as 24 hours after their U.K. broadcast, including “EastEnders,” “Emmerdale,” “Holby City,” and “Casualty,” to start with. BritBox will feature the U.S. series premiere of dramas “New Blood,” from writer Anthony Horowitz, and “Tutankhamun” from writer Guy Burt, as well as the season premieres of drama favorites “Cold Feet” and “Silent Witness.”
Classic British comedies “Are You Being Served?,” “Fawlty Towers,” and the previously announced “Keeping Up Appearances” are exclusives to BritBox. “Blackadder” with Rowan Atkinson, the original version of “The Office” with Ricky Gervais, “Gavin & Stacey” with James Corden, and cult darling “Absolutely Fabulous” with Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, will »
- Oriana Schwindt
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