Sony Pictures Television (SPT) backed Eleventh Hour Films announces that ahead of publication it has secured the screen rights to best-selling author Jane Casey’s highly anticipated thriller ‘The Killing Kind’, published today by HarperCollins.
Acclaimed filmmakers and screenwriters Zara Hayes and Jonathan Stewart will adapt The Killing Kind for screen. They will co-write, with Hayes set to direct. Author Jane Casey serves as Executive Producer on the adaptation, alongside Jill Green, Eve Gutierrez and Paula Cuddy from Eleventh Hour Films.
Hayes is a British filmmaker who works between the UK and the USA and is currently shooting SHOWTRIAL for BBC One, a five-part legal thriller about a young woman accused of murder. Her soul-stirring narrative feature debut, POMS, a comedy drama starring Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver, was widely theatrically released across the US by STX Films in 2019. Previously Hayes directed the critically acclaimed Billie Jean King feature documentary BATTLE OF THE SEXES. Her documentary work includes the National Geographic event series DIAN FOSSEY: SECRETS IN THE MIST, executive produced and narrated by Sigourney Weaver; CAPTIVE for Netflix, executive produced by Doug Liman about the murky world of hostage-taking; 12 YEAR OLD LIFER for Channel 4; and CLOTHES TO DIE FOR on BBC Two.
Stewart is a Brit who works in the UK and the USA with a pedigree for developing thrillers for the screen. He is currently developing Les Standiford’s MEET YOU IN HELL as a television series, and an original thriller feature for AGC Studios. Other credits include co-writing JD Dillard’s Korean war feature DEVOTION, currently in post-production. He is also writing an original series with Hayes for Sky Studios.
Jane Casey has written eleven crime novels for adults and three for teenagers. A former editor and married to a criminal barrister, Casey has a unique and authentic insight into the underbelly of crime, which has made her novels international bestsellers and critical successes. The Maeve Kerrigan series has been nominated for many awards: in 2015 Jane won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for The Stranger You Know and Irish Crime Novel of the Year for After the Fire. In 2019, Cruel Acts was chosen as Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and was a Sunday Times bestseller. The Killing Kind is her latest novel.
Paula Cuddy, Creative Director, Eleventh Hour Films, said “The Killing Kind is an exceptional thriller from the brilliant Jane Casey, which delivers the twists, turns and emotion to grip a global TV audience. Ingrid is a compelling protagonist, whose story is most timely as she navigates professional and personal ethics, her journey making us question ‘justice’ in every sense. We are delighted to be bringing this to screen and with the brilliant Zara Hayes and Jonathan Stewart on board we couldn’t be in better hands.”
Zara Hayes says “I’m always looking to tell stories with compelling and complex female characters front and centre. When I read The Killing Kind it felt like the perfect fit. Jane’s book is a gripping, twisty thriller, all told through the eyes of Ingrid – a richly layered, intelligent woman who is working out what success means on her own terms. I’m so happy to be able to bring my previous experience both in documentary and drama to work with Jonathan, Jane and Eleventh Hour to create a series that captures the spirit of the book.
Jonathan Stewart said “Jane’s book is both a joyride of a mystery for viewers and a powerful character-driven investigation of the thin line between those you can trust the most and those so close they can dangerously deceive you. Collaborating with Eleventh Hour, Paula, Jane and Zara is a true honour.”
Jane Casey, author of The Killing Kind, says “I am thrilled to be working with such an incredible team to bring The Killing Kind to TV. Having had amazing support from United Agents and HarperCollins in developing the book from my original idea, I’m delighted to see it published today. Zara and Jonathan’s creative response to the book is enormously exciting and I look forward to working with them, Paula Cuddy and the team at Eleventh Hour Films to tell Ingrid’s story in a new way.”
The deal was brokered by Jennifer Thomas on behalf of Ariella Feiner at United Agents. Zara Hayes is represented by United Agents and WME, and Jonathan Stewart is represented by 42, Grandview and CAA.
About THE KILLING KIND:
In this standalone novel, barrister Ingrid Lewis is used to dealing with tricky clients but no one has ever come close to John Webster. After defending Webster against a stalking charge, he then turned on Ingrid – destroying her life. Now Ingrid believes she has finally escaped, but when one of her colleagues is killed on a busy road, in a ‘hit and run’, Ingrid is convinced she was the intended victim. And then Webster shows up at her door. He claims she is in danger and that only he can protect her. Stalker or saviour? Murderer or protector? The clock is ticking for Ingrid to decide.
The Killing Kind is published today [27.05.21] by HarperCollins
About Eleventh Hour Films
Established in 2010, Eleventh Hour Films is an ideas driven independent production company with a breadth of experience producing drama of the highest quality, both in the UK and internationally. EHF enjoyed critical acclaim in 2020 with the globally successful Alex Rider spy series, written by Guy Burt, a thrilling 8 part adaptation of the best-selling coming-of-age novels from Anthony Horowitz. The series premiered on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and on IMDb TV in the USA, and has sold in over 100 territories worldwide, and production is currently underway on a second series.
In early 2021, Eleventh Hour Films announced an adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s acclaimed novel Magpie Murders for PBS Masterpiece and BritBox UK, starring Lesley Manville and directed by Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty), which is currently in production. The company is also developing the globally successful podcast series Hunting Ghislaine as a Limited Series, which screenwriter Ruth Fowler is creating (Rules of The Game/BBC One).
The company’s other productions include Safe House (ITV), New Blood (BBC One), Foyles War (ITV) and Collision (ITV).