Death in Paradise producer Red Planet Pictures has optioned the rights to The Dog Faced Gods trilogy by British author and screenwriter, Sarah Pinborough, and are in development with the first novel, A Matter of Blood.

The six-part elevated thriller will be exec-produced by Belinda Campbell, Tom Mullens and Caroline Skinner for Red Planet Pictures and adapted by Pinborough, who will also executive produce.

A number of Pinborough’s  novels have been adapted for screen including the Netflix hit, Behind her Eyes starring Eve Hewson and Tom Bateman and forthcoming Insomnia, for Paramount+, which Pinborough has adapted, with Vicky McClure in the leading role.

A Matter of Blood combines crime thriller, epic family saga and a genre-blending story with a dash of the supernatural, featuring Detective Inspector Cass Jones. Set in contemporary London, Cass finds himself on the case of his life; hunting the serial killer Mr Solomon and is drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

Tom Mullens, Executive Producer at Red Planet Pictures said: “Sarah is the author of the moment and one of the most prolific and talented fantasy thriller novelists in the world; so we’re over the moon to be working with her as she brings A Mater of Blood to life with an audaciously bold and brilliant vision. We’re always looking to push the genre boundaries and this is the perfect project to do just that.”

Sarah Pinborough added: “I have been quietly in love with Cass Jones and his story since writing him, and I’m so excited to be working with such a dynamic and creative team at Red Planet Pictures to bring him to life – with a bang – on the screen. It’s such a joy, I’m loving every minute of it!”

Red Planet Pictures, part of the Asacha Media Group, and helmed by Belinda Campbell and Alex Jones, also continues to develop the hugely successful Death In Paradise franchise, with Return to Paradise – an original Australian spin-off for the ABC which was announced earlier this month and due to film and transmit in 2024.

Picture: Denis Guyenon/Red Planet Pictures/BBC

Pippa Considine

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