Starz has acquired the eight-episode drama series Dublin Murders from Fremantle.
The series has been adapted from Tana French’s first two novels in the Dublin Murder Squad crime series, In the Woods and The Likeness. When a young girl is found murdered in a dense wood on the outskirts of Dublin, Rob Reilly (Killian Scott), a smart-suited detective whose English accent marks him as an outsider, is dispatched to investigate with his partner, Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene). As the case intensifies, Rob and Cassie’s relationship is tested to the breaking point.
The psychological thriller has been brought to the screen by Sarah Phelps (Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy).
Dublin Murders is coming to Starz in the U.S. and Canada as well as STARZPLAY in Germany, France, Italy and Spain in 2019, with select additional territories to be announced. Fremantle is handling all other rights and territories. The series was originally commissioned by BBC One in the U.K. for RTÉ, with support from Northern Ireland Screen.
“This series is brilliantly adapted by Sarah Phelps, who in blending the first two novels has constructed a complex and enigmatic world for this suspense-filled drama,” said Starz’s president and CEO, Chris Albrecht. “We look forward to bringing viewers along on this intense ride.”
“Starz is the perfect home for Dublin Murders and we are thrilled to be partnering with Starz to showcase this brilliant psychological drama from Euston Films, Veritas Entertainment Group and Element Pictures,” said Caroline Kusser, senior VP of distribution for the U.S., International, at Fremantle.
“I couldn’t be more delighted to join the creative team behind Dublin Murders,” said Scott. “Sarah Phelps has beautifully adapted Tana French’s compelling novels into a complex and dark exploration of memory, identity and the potentially devastating consequences of pursuing truth. The chance to stumble into this world alongside the wonderful Sarah Greene and under the guidance of our brilliant directors.”
Greene added, “I’m delighted to be cast in Dublin Murders. To work alongside such talented people as Killian Scott, and the entire creative team is a joy. The writing is brilliant and dark and it’s thrilling to give Tana French’s words a new life on screen through the wonderful Sarah Phelps.”