The inaugural Dream Factory event that wrapped up in Liverpool yesterday at the International Festival of Business 2014 has already brought a new project to the city. UK-based Red Union Films, Pinewood Pictures, and international distributor and financier IM Global have announced plans to co-produce eight-part crime thriller The Killing Pool. Set in Liverpool, the project is based on the novel by Kevin Sampson (Awaydays, Powder). The first in the series was published in March 2013 and features drug surveillance specialist DCI Billy McCartney as he unpeels the layers of an intercontinental heroin-dealing dynasty, forcing him to confront his ultimate nemesis. Production is set to start in early 2015.
IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford and Sampson are both Liverpudlians who curated the two-day Dream Factory feature film festival in partnership with UK talent management firm Independent. The event was designed to showcase local opportunities and welcomed such speakers as Mike Hodges and Mike Newell. Sampson said bringing “this caliber of production to our home city gives Stuart and myself an added buzz. Baltimore, Copenhagen, Louisiana, Malmo — now Liverpool Noir is set to make its mark.” (The book’s title is a reference to “The Killing Moon,” a song by Merseyside band Echo and the Bunnymen.)
This is a first step towards TV series production for IM Global and is part of a growing trend that sees film companies get in on the lucrative business. That’s especially true in the UK where TV production is bustling thanks in part to the TV tax credit that provides great breaks on shows with at least a £1M per-hour pricetag. Ford noted, “The Killing Pool has all the ingredients to be a phenomenally successful international thriller series and we’re delighted to be onboard with Red Union and Pinewood.”