Lynda La Plante to Develop 'Villains of All Nations' for Lionsgate TV

The British writer-producer joins the small-screen adaptation inspired by Marcus Rediker’s book.

British writer-producer Lynda La Plante, best known for the Prime Suspect series with Helen Mirren, has inked a deal with Lionsgate TV to develop Villains of All Nations, Marcus Rediker’s book about pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Villains will be developed into a one-hour drama series, with La Plante joining executive producers Alexandra Milchan (Street Kings) and Alessandro Camon (Thank You for Smoking).

“We’ve been hoping to work with Lynda for some time and the stars have finally aligned on this project,” said president of Lionsgate TV Kevin Beggs. “Not only is she a brilliant writer, she happens to have a longtime love and knowledge of the subject matter and we believe she can achieve exactly the kind of ‘Deadwood on the seas’ sensibility we’re looking for.”

La Plante is overseeing the U.S. version of Prime Suspect, toplined by Maria Bello. Her TV credits include Widows, Trial & Retribution, The Commander and The Governor

La Plante is repped by UTA and Independent Talent Group.