Freedom Films to adapt Frankie Sheehan novels as returning crime series
Los Angeles-based Freedom Films and actress and producer Victoria Smurfit have acquired the rights to the DCS Frankie Sheehan series of novels from Irish author Olivia Kiernan.
Mystery novels set in Dublin include Play death for me, The killer in me, If looks could kill and the recent release The murder box. The books are to be adapted into a returning original television series, each of the four books representing a single season.
Smurfit, ABC star Once upon a time and ITV Lawsuits and reprisals, will play Sheehan, who returns to Dublin to lead his murderer squad after being nearly killed in the line of duty.
Freedom Films producer / director Keith Boak commented, “I am delighted to be working with Olivia Kiernan and Victoria Smurfit on this ‘Celtic Noir’ crime classic.
“We had wanted to work together for some time and were looking for the right vehicle. Then came this new fast-paced detective series, razor-sharp, scary but also with black humor and Smurf has not stopped talking about it since.
Smurfit, who will serve as co-producer on the project, added: “That’s right – Olivia gave us this quick-witted female sleuth who brings an irresistible Irish joke to a dangerous and unforgiving Dublin landscape.
“DCS Frankie Sheehan is the perfect blend of fragility, ferocity and Irish guts, reinforced by a unique deep intuitive connection to serious crime. “