Monday, February 12, 2018

Coming to a Screen Near You

There are a couple of interesting developments on the crime-dramas front. This first item comes from In Reference to Murder:
NBC has given a pilot order to the drama Suspicion, based on the book by Joseph Finder, from The Path creator Jessica Goldberg, Universal TV, and Keshet Studios. Created/written by Goldberg, Suspicion is described as a Hitchcockian thriller about how far one man will go to save the people he loves.
Meanwhile, Mystery Fanfare brings word that the lovely and talented Alicia Vikander (of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. fame) has been signed to star in a big-screen adaptation of Karen Dionne’s 2017 thriller, The Marsh King’s Daughter. It quotes Deadline thusly:
The scripted adaptation is by Elle Smith and The Revenant scribe Mark L. Smith. Vikander will play Helena Petterier, who on the surface leads an ideal life with a great husband and a young daughter. She keeps secret her shocking back story: her mother was kidnapped as a teen, and she was the product of the relationship between captive and tormentor. She lives for 12 years in a life carefully controlled by her kidnapper/father, until he [is] caught and sent to prison.

An escape that leaves two prison guards dead forces her to confront her secret history and she becomes determined to bring down her father, who gave her all the tools she will need. He is the one called the Marsh King, the man who kept a woman and her young daughter captive in the wilderness for years. Sensing the danger this monster poses for her husband and young daughter, she vows to hunt him down.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the film version of Dionne’s yarn “is set to be produced in summer 2018. Producer credits are shared by [Teddy] Schwarzman, Keith Redmon, [Morten] Tyldum, and Mark L. Smith. Bard Dorros and Vikander are executive producing.”

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