They’re Killing the Shadows in the UK

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Another adaptation is in the works, this time coming from our friends across the pond. The subject is Wire In The Blood writer Val McDermid’s Killing the Shadows. Read on for all the details.

According to Screen Daily, the Philm Company along with London-based director/producer Phil Hawkins has unveiled details of his new slate, which includes an adaptation of McDermid’s book about a serial killer who preys on crime writers, blurring fact and fiction.

Hawkins has acquired the rights to the book, which he hopes to turn into an £8-9m feature or a TV drama. It has been adapted by Aiden Magrath. Check out the plot crunch below.

Also on the slate for production outfit Philm Company, is another feature called The Last Showing which is said to be about a couple who venture out to the movies and become trapped in a multiplex to “become unwilling actors in a film-maker’s plot to create a real life horror using CCTV.

Book Synopsis
A killer is on the loose, blurring the line between fact and fiction. His prey – the writers of crime novels who have turned psychological profilers into the heroes of the nineties. But this killer is like no other. His bloodlust shatters all the conventional wisdom surrounding the motives and mechanics of how serial killers operate. And for one woman the desperate hunt to uncover his identity becomes a matter of life and death.

Professor Fiona Cameron is an academic psychologist who uses computer technology to help police forces track serial offenders. She used to help the Met but vowed never to work for them again after they went against her advice and badly screwed up an investigation as a consequence. Still smarting from the experience, she’s working a case in Toledo when her lover, thriller writer Kit Martin, tells her a fellow crime novelist has been murdered. It’s not her case, but Fiona can’t help taking an interest, which is just as well because before too long the killer strikes again. And again. And Fiona is caught up in a race against time, not only to save a life but to bring herself redemption, both personal and professional.

They're Killing the Shadows in the UK

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