Red Planet Pictures has two new projects in development, including one based on the best-selling book Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon.
A new serial drama is set to be adapted from Cannon’s second novel. The story focuses on 84-year-old Florence, who’s living in sheltered accommodation when an unsettling mystery from her past comes to light. The series will be executive produced by Belinda Campbell (Dickensian, Death in Paradise).
Cannon said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Red Planet on bringing Three Things About Elsie to the screen. It’s a dream come true to see your words transformed into a script, and I can’t think of a better partnership to guide Florence and Elsie on their new journey.”
The second project is with the drag queen troupe Denim. The uplifting comedic serial drama is about a drag queen girlband who believe they are global superstars—they just have to prove this to the world. The mockumentary series will follow the Denim Queens on their dysfunctional world tour (around regional Britain). Red Planet Pictures will work closely with Denim’s writer-performers Amrou Al-Kadhi, Tom Rasmussen, Guy Woolf, Hugh Wyld and Charlie Parham, who will write and star in the 30-minute episodic series.
Belinda Campbell, joint managing director of Red Planet Pictures, said: “Three Things About Elsie is an incredibly moving story about what it is to grow older, friendship and the importance of living in the moment. We were all enthralled by the story and jumped at the chance to adapt it for television. Denim brings together five fantastically original and entertaining voices who have lots to say. Their stage show tackles adversity with a unique infusion of explosive pop, glamour, intelligence, politics and humor, taking audiences on an insightful, joyous and irreverent journey. We are looking forward to continuing this journey through television. It’s very exciting to be working with them.”