Temple Street to Adapt Rockton Book Series for TV


Boat Rocker Studios’ Temple Street has secured the rights to the New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong’s Rockton series of mystery books.

City of the Lost, A Darkness Absolute and This Fallen Prey are set in the secret city of Rockton, a town that takes in those seeking refuge from their lives. Homicide detective Casey Duncan takes refuge in Rockton to help her best friend escape a brutal ex-husband, but Casey also has something to hide: before she was a cop, she killed a man. The series will be adapted by showrunner Julie Puckrin (Killjoys, X Company, Motive).

Kerry Appleyard, senior VP of Temple Street, said: “Kelley Armstrong is one of Canada’s most distinctive authors, with a tremendously loyal international fan base. In the Rockton novels, we’ve found an arresting, timely investigative crime drama with a unique setting and formidable female lead that will resonate with audiences worldwide. We’re thrilled to have the talented and authorial voice of Julie Puckrin to adapt and helm the series—City of the Lost is exactly the type of provocative drama for which Temple Street is known.”

Armstrong said: “I’m thrilled by the prospect of seeing Rockton come to life on the screen. I’ve enjoyed Temple Street’s work, and I look forward to seeing what they—and Julie Puckrin—will do with Rockton.”

Puckrin added: “I am delighted to be working with the award-winning team at Temple Street, to help bring Kelley Armstrong’s gripping literary series to our screens. I was immediately drawn to City of the Lost for its complex female lead and rich thematic territory. The setting is uniquely Canadian, but the issues are universal—the idea that you can hide from everything except who you really are. As a secret city where desperate people go to disappear, Rockton is the perfect crucible to explore what happens when we are forced to confront the difficult truths about ourselves.”