We have reinforced our commitment to supporting new British drama by renewing our first-look deal with Three River Fiction for a further two years.
Three River Fiction was established in 2014 by Jonathan Drake, former managing director of Impossible Pictures, along with Steve Maher, a former creative executive and director at Impossible Pictures. Today, as joint managing directors, working with development producer Benjamin McGrath, their focus is about finding brilliant stories and creating distinctive drama in lovingly realized worlds.
The company has been busy generating original concepts, buying up rights to novels and working with new and established writers, with 15-20 projects in active development, including several adaptations. Its largest acquisition is a fifteen-book estate of Golden Age crime fiction, written originally in the 1930’s by John Bude, one of the founders of the British Crime Writers Association. Prolific crime novelist and screenwriter Colin Bateman (Murphy’s Law, The Journey) is attached and has written the pilot script. Direct development funding was given by DRG.
There are two further big projects in funded development, one is a dark re-imagining of the Robin Hood story. Created alongside Justin Pollard (Vikings, Tudors), with Alan Whiting (Strike Back, The Trials of Jimmy Rose), and Mark Skeet & Matthew Faulk (Titanic: Blood and Steel, Vanity Fair) attached to write, the series will be a vibrant, venal, and complex post-watershed saga set in a bloodstained 12th Century England. The other is a grounded sci-fi series, created and written by Richard Smith (Trauma) exploring how an isolated community is torn apart by secrets and lies following the crash landing of a UFO.
While we are currently garnering co-production interest in these titles, Three River Fiction are talking to UK broadcasters and expects to be in production on at least two of these series in 2017.