Investigation Discovery is entering the scripted game. The network has given the greenlight to their first ever original scripted drama Serial Thriller, a three-part miniseries which is set in the heart of a small community as they are terrorized by a serial killer.
Serial Thriller will explore the lives of the residents of the community, the victims of the serial killer and the police officers running the criminal investigation. All on a collision course with fate, their complex lives intertwine as investigators decode the mystery of one of America’s most notorious serial killers – and try to capture him before he kills again.
“Serial Thriller is truly a tent-pole series for ID with the exciting new scripted serial format that enhances our already suspenseful programming,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President at Discovery. “For the first time ever, ID provides viewers with the experience of watching an engaging and chilling scripted drama as seen through our authentic, true-crime filter – one that keeps our fans coming back over and over again.”
UK indie October Films is producing the miniseries, which is eyed for a Summer 2015 premiere on Investigation Discovery. The producers are seeking to release the project as a feature film on the global market, rather than rolling it out across Discovery Networks International. The mini is being scripted and directed by Jamie Crawford, while Eugene Vink, Matt Robins, Steve Murphy and Lindsay Shapero will executive produce.
“Our ambition was to view the story of a serial killer through an entirely new lens and to put the ferocity and significance of the crimes firmly back into the present tense for the viewer”, added Matt Robins, Creative Director of October Films. “Bringing this story to life as scripted drama has been a long-held aspiration for everyone at October, and we are proud of the stellar editorial and production team we’ve brought in to realize such a bold project.”