Disney+ has commissioned new five-part drama, Playdate, produced by Quay Street Productions and Brightstar.

The series is adapted by Catherine Moulton (Baptiste, Hijack) from Alex Dahl’s best-selling novel of the same name, and directed by Eva Husson (Mothering Sunday, Girls of the Sun, Hanna).

Nicola Shindler (Nolly, Stay Close, It’s A Sin) executive produces for Quay Street Productions, along with executive producers Tanya Seghatchian and John Woodward for Brightstar (Power of the Dog, Cold War).

A seemingly ordinary decision turns the world of Elisa, mum to two young kids, upside down.

When her 9-year-old daughter Lucia asks to go on an overnight playdate with her new best friend Josie, Elisa agrees. After meeting Josie’s mother, Rebecca, she’s put at ease by her charming nature and their impressive house. But when she says goodnight to her daughter, she has no idea that she is about to experience every parent’s nightmare.

The next day, when Elisa goes to pick up Lucia, she discovers that the beautiful house was a holiday rental. Lucia is missing. Rebecca and Josie have vanished. What started out as her daughter’s first sleepover has turned into an abduction and an urgent manhunt unfolds across Europe.

Johanna Devereaux, VP of Scripted Content for Disney+ EMEA, commented: “Playdate is a brilliantly twisty thriller with a terrifying, instantly relatable hook. We are very proud to be working with celebrated producers Nicola Shindler, Tanya Seghatchian, and John Woodward, visionary director Eva Husson, and rising star writer Catherine Moulton on this must-see thriller.”

Nicola Shindler, Quay Street Productions, said; “Playdate tells the story of fascinating, relatable and complex women in a situation that is any parent’s worst nightmare. Catherine Moulton has adapted Alex’s bestselling thriller with a real dramatic sense of story that we hope will hook audiences in from the start.”

Tanya Seghatchian and John Woodward, Brightstar, commented; “Partnering with Quay Street and Disney+ we couldn’t be more delighted to move into production with director and executive producer, Eva Husson at the helm. Eva is a multiple Cannes Film Festival contender who is bringing her unique vision to the show and she is directing all episodes. Playdate is a very rare beast – a thriller that combines beautifully crafted edge-of-the-seat suspense with unexpected plot twists and truly powerful drama focused on these strong women who are intent on hiding their darkest secrets from the world.”

The series is executive produced by Nicola Shindler for Quay Street Productions (part of ITV Studios), Tanya Seghatchian and John Woodward for Brightstar, Johanna Devereaux, VP of Scripted Content for Disney+ EMEA, Alex Dahl, Eva Husson and Catherine Moulton. James Dean (Better, Liar) will produce, alongside Eva Husson who will direct all episodes. The 5×60’ series has been adapted by Catherine Moulton from Alex Dahl’s best-selling novel.

Production will commence this summer in the UK and France.

Pippa Considine

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