EXCLUSIVE: Death in Paradise producer Red Planet Pictures has struck a take care of ITV’s Our House writer Louise Candlish and is looking for extra work exterior the UK, helped by new proprietor Asacha Media Group.
Candlish will work with Red Planet’s Our House exec Tom Mullens on TV drama concepts whereas Red Planet has optioned two additional Candlish novels, 2016’s The Swimming Pool and upcoming thriller The Only Suspect, the latter of which can be tailored by Simon Ashdown.
The Candlish deal comes recent off the again of the success of ITV’s adaptation of the Martin Compston-starring Our House, which was watched by greater than 5M viewers per episode and is certainly one of ITV’s greatest new dramas of this 12 months.
Belinda Campbell, Joint Managing Director of Red Planet with Alex Jones, mentioned the corporate has a “actually good relationship with and clear imaginative and prescient of develop Louise’s profile and capitalize on Our House’s success.”
“These are high-end exhibits inside a well-liked drama framework – grabby concepts that may land,” she added. “Louise has such an unbelievable potential to seek out tales that really feel resonant however with distinctive twists and turns.”
Jones talked up the Candlish deal as coming at a “actually robust” time within the e book optioning market, with identified IP being snapped up by behemoths left, proper and heart. In the week that Deadline interviewed Red Planet, diversifications of The Day of the Jackal, Rebus and Booker Prize winner The Narrow Road to the Deep North have been all unveiled by main producers.
No community is hooked up to the Candlish diversifications as of but however the firm will take the initiatives out to market shortly and can doubtless be on the lookout for some funding from past the UK shores.
A string of worldwide partnerships are incoming as Red Planet seeks earnings from different locations and Asacha helps by offering funding to supercharge improvement, whereas Red Planet additionally has entry to labels in different European territories owned by the acquisitive, French-headquartered firm.
“We don’t simply need the UK as our default anchor,” added Jones. “It’s changing into very onerous to make a program purely on home budgets so that you both must pre-sell, co-produce or discover other ways of pulling financing collectively. Where we might have been barely constrained cost-wise previously, Asacha helps us develop.”
Red Planet is working in territories together with Canada, Poland, Morocco and France, though Campbell pressured that Britain “stays a spotlight.”
The pair additionally revealed to Deadline they’ve acquired the rights to The Dark Pines,
Both initiatives are proof that Red Planet’s vary is extra assorted than advised by BBC One returning drama Death in Paradise, the Caribbean-set smash that attracts tens of millions of viewers per week and has recorded virtually 100 episodes, with a BBC/BritBox International-commissioned spin-off, Beyond Paradise, now in the works with Kris Marshall enjoying the lead.
“There is at all times a threat that we get pigeonholed and also you don’t simply wish to be often known as the corporate that does cosy crime,” added Jones. “What we wish to say is that we produce drama that individuals like to look at. Death in Paradise has bought to 230 territories however I believe it’s truthful to say the initiatives we’re pitching are very totally different.”
Red Planet can also be in dialog with the main streamers and Jones mentioned “we’ve got lots of initiatives coming by means of that may make their strategy to these consumers.”
“You must take the proper bundle [to the SVoDs],” he added. “You can take a e book and a author to a terrestrial broadcaster however for an SVoD that’s probably not sufficient.”
Elsewhere, Red Planet Founder Jordan, certainly one of Britain’s finest identified screenwriters, is main the corporate’s push into the MENA area.
Jordan has been behind the likes of Shahid VIP drama Rashash and is working with former collaborator Pete Smith, who now runs Saudi Arabia’s MBC Studios.
“Tony’s sense is that he ought to at all times be doing what nobody else is doing,” defined Campbell. “He desires to seek out new frontiers and get to locations early. And he’s enormously influential.”
The firm’s staff has additionally expanded, with skilled execs Mullens and Caroline Skinner approaching board.