ABC is developing Wire In The Blood, an adaptation of the British psychological crime drama of the same name, which was based on characters created by Scottish suspense novelist and crime writer Val McDermid. Author/TV writer A.M. Homes (The L Word, novel May We Be Forgiven) will write the U.S. version, produced by ABC Studios, Endemol Studios and Mandeville Films.
Wire In The Blood is described as a unique character-driven procedural which exposes the gaps between good and evil, our public and private selves and the psychological limits of human behavior. When detective Elizabeth Chase struggles to evade the succession of women in New York City who have turned up dead, she recruits the help of unconventional clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill, who has a talent for catching killers before they are able to strike again. Dr. Hill analyzes both victim and killer, demonstrating empathy for both sides. “Dr. Tony Hill is a true iconoclast unlike any character on television today,” said Endemol Studios EVP Jeremy Gold. “He provides a very unique prism into the criminal mind.”
The original British series premiered on ITV in 2002 and aired for six seasons. It was produced by Coastal Productions whose parent Southern Star Group is owned by Endemol. It has been broadcast in all major international territories, including the U.S. where it aired on BBC America. Here is a trailer:
Executive producing the ABC version are Mandeville’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks, Coastal’s Sandra Jobling, who also executive produced the British series, and Homes. “Bringing the iconic character Tony Hill to American audiences has been a passion of ours for a number of years,” said Hoberman, Lieberman and Zaks. Added Philippe Maigret, CEO, Endemol Studio, “Partnering with a high-caliber writer like A.M. and bringing together Mandeville, ABC and the Coastal teams is an opportunity to give a distinct voice to a proven procedural drama.”
Endemol Studios, Endemol North America’s Los Angeles-based independent scripted studio operation, has two series on the air, AMC’s Hell On Wheels, now in its fourth season, and Kingdom, recently picked up for 20 more episodes by DirectTV. The company has 17 other scripted projects set up across multiple networks and streaming platforms.