Mark Gordon has teamed with Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence and Lawrence’s longtime producing partner and manager Erwin Stoff for two drama series projects: Neverwhere, an adaptation of fantasy writer Neil Gaiman’s BBC miniseries and subsequent novel, and House Of Thieves, based on the just-released mystery novel by Charles Belfoure. Gordon’s independent production studio, the Mark Gordon Company, which is backed by Entertainment One, will fund the development of both projects and is committed to deficit finance any of them that go to series. Lawrence is attached to direct both dramas, which he is executive producing with Gordon and Stoff.
In urban fantasy Neverwhere, when Richard Mayhew encounters an injured girl named Door on the street one night, he decides to help her despite his fiancée’s protests. Upon doing so he ceases to exist on Earth and becomes real only to the denizens of “London Below,” whose inhabitants are generally invisible and non-existent to the people of “London Above.” He loses his house, his job and nearly his mind as he travels London Below in an attempt to make sense out of it all, find a way back and help Door survive as she is hunted down by hired assassins. Here is a clip from the 1996 BBC Two miniseries, which Gaiman created with Lenny Henry:
House Of Thieves is set in 1886 New York. A respectable architect shouldn’t have any connection to the notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city. But when John Cross’ son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt to Kent’s Gents, Cross must pay it back himself. All he has to do is use his inside knowledge of high society mansions and museums to craft a robbery even the smartest detectives won’t solve. Soon Cross becomes invaluable to the gang and with that his entire life becomes a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down — and for his family to go down too. The novel from Belfoure, repped by APA in association with Susan Ginsburg at Writers House, hit shelves Tuesday.
Lawrence, who directed the Hunger Games films Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2, is repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.
The Francis Lawrence dramas join another project the Mark Gordon Company is financing and producing, a limited series adaptation of Jennifer Steil’s novel The Ambassador’s Wife, with Oscar winner Anne Hathaway set to star and produce. Gordon is repped by CAA.
The Mark Gordon Co.’s new series are being distributed internationally by eOne, which has a 51% stake in the studio.