Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to develop the one-hour drama “The Dark Corners of the Night,” based on the third novel in Edgar-winning author Meg Gardiner’s UNSUB series. The story features a young FBI agent pursuing other UNSUBs (‘Unknown Subjects’ which is code for unknown serial killers). Larry Trilling (“Goliath”) will serve as executive producer and showrunner while Shane Salerno will executive produce.
Krystal Sutherland’s novel “A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares” will be adapted into a TV series by Yellow Bird. The story follows a 17-year-old girl who believes everyone in her family has been cursed with a Great Fear: a debilitating phobia that will ultimately kill them. She is determined to try and avoid it by carefully cataloguing every possibility in her eponymous list.
Next up, PKM Productions has successfully won the rights to author Grady Hendrix’s supernatural horror novel “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” with plans to turn it into a series as part for Amazon Studios with Patrick Moran producing. A spiritual sequel to “My Best Friend’s Exorcism,” the story is set in 1990s suburban Charleston where a Southern housewife and her women’s book club team up to protect their community from a mysterious and handsome stranger James Harris who turns out to be a Dracula-esque figure.
Finally, ITV is set to adapt “Wire in the Blood” author Val McDermid’s novel series of cold case investigations involving Scottish female detective Karen Pirie with “Harlots” writer Emer Kenny and “Bodyguard” producer World Productions onboard. Three two-hour drama episodes have been ordered with the first dealing with her being tasked with reopening the investigation into a murder that has been the subject of a provocative true-crime podcast.