2:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Twilight' Creator Lands Supernatural Drama Series at Starz
Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer is turning her attention to the small screen.
Starz has handed out a straight-to-series order for supernatural thriller The Rook, the premium cable network announced Friday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
From Lionsgate and Liberty Global, The Rook will be executive produced by Meyer and showrunner Stephen Garrett. The drama is a co-production between Lionsgate and Liberty Global. Starz will air the series in 2018 and at the same time, Liberty Global will feature the show exclusively on demand across its footprint in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Lionsgate will distribute it worldwide.
"The Rook is another important step in Liberty Global’s premium scripted content strategy. Shot in the U.K., this project is a perfect fit for Virgin Media as well as our other European markets," said Liberty Global chief programming officer Bruce Mann. "The series, which we look forward to making available exclusively to millions of Liberty Global subscribers worldwide, is an amazing supernatural thriller, which we are excited to have in the hands of an elite creative showrunner like Stephen Garrett. We're also delighted to be partnering with our good friends at Lionsgate and Starz."
Meyer's producing partner Meghan Hibbett will exec produce via their Fickle Fish banner. Gannett will also exec produce via his Character 7 production company. The series is adapted and co-produced by screenwriters Sam Holcroft (Rules for Living) and Al Muriel (Precious & Rich) and is based on the novel by Daniel O'Malley.
"A high-end series aimed right at the sweet spot of our audience, The Rook is a great addition to a Starz slate loaded with the most exciting new and returning series offered by any platform anywhere," said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. "We are thrilled to add the talents of Stephen Garrett and Stephenie Meyer to our creative family and forge our partnership with the Lionsgate Television Group and Liberty Global. The Rook is instantly addictive from the very first scene and introduces what we believe will be one of the most fascinating and thrilling female protagonists on television."
The Rook tells the story of a young woman who wakes up in a London park suffering total amnesia — and surrounded by dead bodies, all wearing latex gloves. Pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries and grappling with peculiar 'abilities' of her own, she must fight to uncover her past and resume her position at the head of Britain's most secret (supernatural) service … before the traitors who stole her memory can finish what they started.
"Stephenie is one of the world's great creative talents, and Stephen has an incredible track record in bringing remarkable stories to the screen," said Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs and president of worldwide television and digital distribution Jim Packer. "The Rook is a major premium property driven by an amazing creative team, and it's not only a terrific addition to the Starz platform but the perfect series to launch a content alliance with our friends at Liberty Global."
The Rook is Meyer's first foray into television and comes after the Twilight franchise — based on her best-selling book series of the same name — grossed $3.5 billion at the worldwide box office.
The Rook joins a scripted roster at Starz that also includes Outlander, The Missing, The Girlfriend Experience, Power, Survivor's Remorse, American Gods and Howard's End, among others.