Liberty Global has teamed up with entertainment giant Lionsgate to bring a new, exciting supernatural thriller to screens across Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean.
‘The Rook’ is a premium series executive-produced by Twilight Saga creator Stephenie Meyer, with industry icon Stephen Garrett serving as showrunning Executive Producer.
Liberty Global will feature the series exclusively on demand across its footprint beginning next year. At the same time, ‘The Rook’ will air on the STARZ platform in the U.S. Lionsgate will distribute the series worldwide.
A riveting supernatural thriller about a young woman pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own, ‘The Rook’ is executive produced by Ms. Meyer (The Twilight Saga, Lionsgate’s upcoming Down A Dark Hall, Austenland and The Host) and producing partner Meghan Hibbett under their Fickle Fish production banner.
An accomplished producer in both television and film, Stephen Garrett will serve as showrunning Executive Producer under his Character 7 banner. Garrett most recently served as Executive Producer on the award-winning and ratings hit, The Night Manager.
‘The Rook’ is adapted and co-produced by award-winning playwrights and screenwriters Sam Holcroft (Rules for Living) and Al Muriel (Precious & Rich) based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley.
“The Rook is another important step in Liberty Global’s premium scripted content strategy. Shot in the UK, this project is a perfect fit for Virgin Media as well as our other European markets,” said Liberty Global chief programming officer Bruce Mann.
“The series, which we look forward to making available exclusively to millions of Liberty Global subscribers worldwide, is an amazing supernatural thriller which we are excited to have in the hands of an elite creative showrunner like Stephen Garrett. We’re also delighted to be partnering with our good friends at Lionsgate and Starz.”
“Everything starts with great writing,” said Character 7’s Executive Chairman Stephen Garrett. “To be conspiring on The Rook in partnership with Stephenie based on a book that is as dazzling as it is surprising and working with the talented team of Sam and Al, is the perfect springboard for thrilling television. The teams at Lionsgate, Starz and Liberty Global are great champions of creativity, and we’re looking forward to partnering with them.”
‘The Rook’ tells the story of a young woman who wakes up in a London park suffering total amnesia – surrounded by dead bodies, all wearing latex gloves. Pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries, grappling with peculiar ‘abilities’ of her own, she must fight to uncover her past, and resume her position at the head of Britain’s most secret (supernatural) service… before the traitors who stole her memory can finish what they started.