EXCLUSIVE: Edward Burns and his Marlboro Road Gang Productions is teaming with Radar Pictures to develop Tosca Lee’s upcoming thriller novel The Line Between as a television series. The first book in a duology, The Line Between releases later this month from Simon and Schuster.
In The Line Between, an ancient disease re-emerges from the melting permafrost to cause madness in its victims. As the mysterious medical cases spiral toward pandemic and an opportunistic cyber attack plunges the nation into chaos, 22-year-old doomsday cult escapee Wynter Roth, who spent her life preparing for the apocalypse, utilizes her survival skills to lead those with her to safety in a harrowing new reality.
Burns and producing partner Aaron Lubin will executive produce alongside Radar’s Ted Field, Michael Napoliello, Mike Weber and producer Maria Frisk. A search is underway for a writer.
Marlboro Road Gang and Radar recently set up Lee’s book series The Progeny at CW and CBS Studios, with writer Chris Roberts (Orphan Black). Burns and Radar also teamed on Gang Leader For A Day, an adaptation of Sudhir Venkatesh’s best-selling memoir, which is in development at AMC with Burns set to executive produce and co-star, and Ben Watkins (Hand of God) attached to showrun.
Burns recently wrapped production on an episode of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, Apple’s anthology series from Universal Television and Amblin Television and showrunners Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, which he executive produced and starred in.
Radar is producing fantasy drama The Wheel of Time recently ordered to series at Amazon.
Burns and Lubin, through Marlboro Road Gang Prods, produced Burns’ coming-of-age, ensemble comedy Summertime. Burns, along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, executive produced the TNT period cop drama Public Morals, which Burns wrote, directed and starred in.