Bavaria Media Italia have optioned screen rights in order to develop and produce a major international series of six television movies. The series is planned to be shot in English by Bavaria which will work in conjunction with co-production partners from several European territories. Bavaria's Philipp Kreuzer will Executive Produce the series; Bavaria Media TV will handle international sales. The concept for the series is currently being written in Rome.
The deal was negotiated for Hewson by Conrad Williams of Blake Friedmann's Film/TV department and for Bavaria by Philipp Kreuzer and legal counsel Georg Hoess.
Said David Hewson: "It is enormously flattering to have eleven of your books snapped up for option in one swoop and with such high ambitions for English language, feature length TV dramas. There is a lot of work to be done on a project of this magnitude. I am happy that is has already started."
Bavaria plans to develop and partner this series in 2011 with production slated for 2012. It will be shot on location in and around central Rome.
David Hewson’s novels are published in 23 languages around the world. In his latest book The Fallen Angel, when British academic Malise Gabriel falls to his death from a Rome apartment, detective Nic Costa rapidly comes to realise that there is much more to the accident than he first thought. It also becomes apparent that Malise’s family — mysterious and tragic daughter Mina, stoic wife Cecilia and troubled son Robert — may be keeping vital information hidden. Nic becomes obsessed with the case, intrigued by Mina’s story which seems to be linked to the sixteenth-century real-life tragedy of a young Italian noblewoman, Beatrice Cenci.
As the investigation deepens, Rome’s dark and seedy side is uncovered, revealing a tangle of deceit, treachery and corruption. Costa realises that the key to the truth lies with the Gabriel’s. Why are they so unwilling to co-operate, and who, or what, is the reason for their silence?
A video of David Hewson talking about The Fallen Angel is below -
David will also be in conversation with Barry Forshaw at the Italian Cultural Institute on Monday 21 February 2011. More information can be found here.