Psychological thriller Dublin Murders acquired by STARZ
Premium cable channel STARZ has announced today it has acquired the rights to Dublin Murders, based on author Tara French’s series of crime novels. The network is adapting French’s work into an eight-episode drama series with Killian Scott (The Commuter) and Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) cast as lead characters Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox, respectively.
The series will depict a contemporary world of psychological mystery and tension, with roots that reach down deep within Ireland’s past. The lead director of the eight-part series is Saul Dibb supported by John Hayes and Rebecca Gatward. Dublin Murders is produced by Euston Films, Veritas Entertainment Group and Element Pictures (Room and The Lobster) and executive produced by Sarah Phelps and Saul Dibb, Kate Harwood and Noemi Spanos for Euston Films, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen for Veritas Entertainment Group, Ed Guiney for Element Pictures, and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.
Dublin Murders begins when a young girl is found murdered in a dense wood on the outskirts of Dublin, Rob Reilly (Scott) – a smart-suited detective whose English accent marks him as an outsider – is dispatched to investigate with his partner, Cassie Maddox (Greene). Against his better judgment and protected by his friendship with Cassie, he is pulled back into another case of missing children and forced to confront his own darkness. As the case intensifies, Rob and Cassie’s relationship is tested to the breaking point and when Cassie is sent undercover for another murder case, she is forced to come face to face with her own brutal reckoning.
“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. We look forward to bringing viewers along on this intense ride,” said STARZ President and CEO Chris Albrecht.
Production is currently underway in Belfast and Dublin. The eight-part series is expected to air sometime in 2019.