Sky1 is re-teaming with Harlan Coben for The Four – a new original drama series from the noted author, The Driver scribe Danny Brocklehurst and Nicola Shindler’s indie Red Production Company.
The Four is described as a stand-alone, character-driven thriller that tells the chilling story of an idyllic family community irrevocably shattered by secrets, lies, suspicions and misguided trust. The series order comes a little more than two months after Coben’s first original TV project, The Five, wrapped on Sky1 after a successful run.
Despite being similarly titled, Coben has stated that The Four is not a sequel. “I am incredibly proud of what we all achieved with The Five”, he said. “Our goal from the start was to create a gripping crime drama that moved you, surprised you – and had a shocking and emotionally satisfying ending. I never wanted to make a sequel to The Five – that story has now been told — but rather, to start fresh and bring a whole new crime drama to the screen”.
Devised by Coben, The Four is being penned by Danny Brocklehurst, whose many notable TV credits include BBC One’s The Driver and Ordinary Lies, as well as The Five. It was commissioned for Sky1 by Sky’s Head of Drama Anne Mensah, Drama Commissioning Editor Cameron Roach, and Sky1 Director Adam MacDonald. Red Production Company is producing, with Harlan Coben, Danny Brocklehurst and Nicola Shindler serving as the executive producers.
“We are ambitious for our dramas to be much-loved and talked-about events for our customers, and The Five delivered on that”, Cameron Roach said in a statement. “The world-class storytelling of Harlan, combined with strong screenplays from Danny Brocklehurst and high-quality production from Red, is an intoxicating combination. We are looking forward to The Four gaining its own place in the Sky original drama portfolio.”
The Four joins a growing slate of drama at Sky, as the company pushes forward with its pledge to produce original dramas year-round. Other such projects include period drama Jamestown, which is now in production for a 2017 premiere; HBO co-production The Young Pope, starring Jude Law; adventure series Hooten & The Lady, starring Jayne Seymour (Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman) and Jessica Hynes (W1A); and John Ridley & Idris Elba drama Guerrilla, which is set up as a co-production with Showtime.