MIPCOM: Canal Plus Takes Harlan Coben's 'The Five' for France

Harlan Coben
Miriam Berkley

Tom Cullen, Sarah Solemani and O-T Fagbenle co-star in the 10-part mystery series created by the best-selling author.

France's Canal Plus has picked up French TV rights to Harlan Coben's The Five, a new 10-part mystery series created by the bestselling author and produced by U.K. shingle RED (Happy Valley).

Cameron Roach and Anne Mensah of Sky One in the U.K. commissioned the original series, which RED parent company StudioCanal is selling internationally.

The drama follows Mark (played by Tom Cullen) and three of his childhood friends, who — when they were all 12-years-old — bullied Mark's 5-year-old brother, Jessie, who subsequently disappeared without a trace. Twenty years later, Mark's friend Danny (O-T Fagbenle), now a homicide detective, discovers Jessie's DNA at a murder scene. The boy they tormented is alive and out there somewhere.

Sarah Solemani and Lee Ingleby co-star in the series, written by Danny Brocklehurst (Accused, the British Shameless). Mark Tonderai, whose credits include TV's 12 Monkeys and the horror feature The House at the End of the Street, is directing the series.

StudioCanal is pitching The Five to international buyers at the MIPCOM international television market in Cannes next week.