eOne, Sienna Gets Greenlight For 'Cardinal' Murder Mystery Drama at Canada's CTV (Exclusive)

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'Orphan Black' writer-producer Aubrey Nealon will serve as showrunner on the Canadian book-to-TV adaptation developed by Sienna Films and the Canadian broadcaster.

Entertainment One and Sienna Films have got a greenlight for the murder mystery drama Cardinal (working title) from top-rated CTV in Canada.

The deal for the Canadian serialized drama, produced by Sienna Films, is CTV's first book-to-TV series adaptation. CTV developed the drama, before bringing the project to Sienna, which has a first-look deal with eOne.

Orphan Black writer-producer Aubrey Nealon will executive produce and serve as showrunner on Cardinal, to be directed by Daniel Grou (19-2). Nealon has written or produced top Canadian dramas that aired on U.S. networks like ABC's Rookie Blue, NBC's Saving Hope and CBS' Flashpoint. Cardinal is based on John Cardinal Mysteries, a crime novel series written by author Giles Blunt.

The series will start with the discovery of Katie Pine, a missing 13-year-old whose body is found in the shaft-head of an abandoned mine. The series follows detective John Cardinal as he tries to uncover the mystery of what happened to the young girl, while coming under investigation by his new partner, Lise Delorme, a tough investigator in her own right.

CTV will debut the drama as part of its 2016-17 season, after production on Cardinal starts in February 2016. No word on casting for the series, which will shoot in northern Ontario and also be executive produced by Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja.

Worldwide distribution for the series will be handled by eOne. The indie studio develops, produces, acquires and distributes programming, including AMC's Hell on Wheels, Halt & Catch Fire and Sundance's The Red Road.

Updated, Nov. 13, 9:20 a.m. Clarified that Canadian broadcaster CTV developed Cardinal, before bringing the project to Sienna Films and eOne as the worldwide distributor.