Variety reported, Starz has order the drama ‘The Rook’ which is being produced by Twilight author of Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate, and Liberty Global.
It’s a drama thriller based on the novel of the same title by Daniel O’Malley. Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel will pen the script while co-producer Stephen Garrett will be the showrunner.
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“We want shows that are distinctive and have a European sensibility,” he told Variety. “It’s a shiny drama from a U.S. studio with a universal story, based in the U.K. with a strong female lead. We think it will travel really well.”
Liberty Global will carry the show in the countries where it has cable platforms. Lionsgate will distribute the show in the rest of the world. Liberty Global is the largest international cable group, with services including Virgin Media in the U.K., Unitymedia in Germany, and UPC in the Netherlands. These will carry “The Rook” as an on-demand offering.
” ‘The Rook’ is a major premium property driven by an amazing creative team, and it’s not only a terrific addition to the Starz platform but the perfect series to launch a content alliance with our friends at Liberty Global,” said Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs and Jim Packer, Lionsgate’s president of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution.