Television networks—especially cable networks—are discovering that crime fiction is a gold mine for involving stories. We readers have known that for a long time; the networks should have checked with us years ago!
Karin Slaughter's six novels that explore Grant County, Georgia, appear to be the latest scheduled to make it to the small screen.
Beginning with Blindsighted in 2001, Slaughter has delivered unflinching thrillers that meld Southern Gothic traditions with noir crime fiction. Slaughter looks into the heart of darkness that plagues rural George while also tempering her dark approach with a believable vision of the machinations of families. The series revolves around Grant County pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton.
Deadline.com reported that Entertainment One and Piller/Segan/Shepherd have acquired the TV rights to Slaughter's series.
That's the same company that partnered on the Syfy network series Haven.
The Grant County project will go into development immediately, with Slaughter co-writing the pilot script, according to Deadline.com.
Slaughter, needless to say, is quite happy about this opportunity.
"I'm thrilled to be working with the producers who've brought some of Stephen King's stories to life and look forward to adapting the Grant County novels in a way that keeps my readers happy," Slaughter told me in an email.
In addition to her bestselling novels, Slaughter is the founder of the SaveTheLibraries project, which has to date raised more than $50,000 for the DeKalb County (Georgia) Library Foundation.
Before her novels become a TV series, catch up on her novels. The Grant County series include Blindsighted, Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear, Indelible, Faithless and Beyond Reach.
Slaughter's next novel Criminal will be published in July, 2012, and continues her other series about Will Trent, a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The paperback version of her novel Fallen in the Will Trent series just came out.
Mystery Scene correspondent Cheryl Solimini's interesting profile of Slaughter appeared in our Summer 2011 Issue (No. 120).