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London and Rome-based production company Blackbox Multimedia, recently co-founded by former Lionsgate COO Guy Avshalom with Italy’s Guido Brera and Roberta Cardarelli, is developing a slate of high-end skeins for the international market comprising “The Last Cop,” on which they’ve partnered with Keshet International, and also “Murder in Time,” based on a series of thrillers by U.S. writer Julie McElwain.
McElwain’s three “Murder in Time” books, published by Pegasus, revolve around tough FBI agent Kendra Donovan who goes rogue in London in an effort to assassinate the man who killed her team, only to end up in England in the 1800s. Up-and-coming British screenwriter Amanda Duke has written the series bible for this time-travel crime thriller that encapsulates “what Blackbox is trying to do,” says the company’s Head of Development Chiara Cardoso.
Company - Spain - Sergio - Barrejon - Writer/director
Concurrently, the company has also commissioned Spain’s Sergio Barrejon, who served as writer/director on Atresmedia and Netflix’s “La Catedral del Mar” to develop a Spanish-language version of “Murder in Time.”
“We always look for a story that can have a strong local heart…but at same also has potential to be adapted in other territories as well,” she noted. They are developing projects with strong...
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