Starz Developing ‘Crime’ Drama Series From ‘The Departed’ Writer William Monahan

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Starz has put into development a new period drama series set in the 1960’s  titled Crime from William Monahan, the writer behind such feature films as The Departed and Body of Lies.

Based on a feature film treatment by Vanessa Sadler and penned by Monahan, Crime has been described as a study of criminal enterprise and scandal across 1960s Britain. The drama is set up at Atlas Entertainment and Henceforth Pictures, with funding for the project being provided by Starz and Sonar Entertainment. Under the terms of the financing deal, which was put together by Independent Talent’s Josh Varney, Starz will retain US & Canadian Pay TV and Home Entertainment rights while Sonar will take international distribution rights for the series. The executive producers are Monahan, Charles Roven, William Green and Andy Horwitz, with Justine Suzanne Jones co-executive producing.

Speaking of Crime, executive producer Charles Roven said: “We’re thrilled that our first foray in television has us working with the incredibly talented William Monahan on this unique show, and we’re excited to be sharing it with audiences not only in the U.S. but around the world.”

Fellow executive producer William Monahan commented: “There’s very little more interesting to me than the Sixties in Britain, taken from Profumo to psychedelia, from the London criminal world to the worlds of art and fashion—all of which continually intersected. I know one thing: it’s very, very, funny.”

Stewart Till, CEO of Sonar Entertainment, said: “Set in a time and place that continues to fascinate, ‘Crime’ is a story that easily cuts across borders and cultures. William Monahan’s script comes alive with an immediacy and intimacy that audiences will embrace with unqualified enthusiasm.”

While Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz Entertainment, added: “We are excited to be working with William Monahan on one of his passion projects. Crime’ is the kind of unique storytelling that elevates scripted television for audiences.”