“Jack Reacher” book series author Lee Child is teaming with Fremantle-backed producer Dancing Ledge Productions (“Delhi Crime,” “The New Pope”) to develop a true crime anthology drama series which has been described as “Black Mirror-meets-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.
Titled “Lee Child: True Crime,” the series dramatizes the stories of real-life men and women from around the world who have been driven to stand up and put their lives on the line, fighting for justice in the face of great danger. Researchers have already found stories from the U.S., Canada, El Salvador and Thailand.
Producer Laurence Bowen says: “I had the idea of doing a true crime Black Mirror, a series where each episode is going to be connected by a strong brand, mood and tone. All of the episodes will end with a great sense of hope and redemption. A lot of true crime drama tends to be about the famous and infamous and that’s great but Lee and I were fascinated by ordinary people, the people that don’t get written about.”
A showrunner is now being sought to guide the anthology series before taking it out to broadcasters in the U.S. and around the world.