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Playground options crime novel The Wicked Girls for Richard Shepard thriller series

Colin Callender’s New York- and London-based prodco Playground has optioned crime novel The Wicked Girls to develop as a limited TV series.

Richard Shepard

Filmmaker Richard Shepard (Ugly Betty) is attached to write and direct, while also serving as an executive producer alongside Callender, Scott Huff and David Stern.

The book was written by Alex Marwood and tells the story of journalist Kirsty Lindsay, who reports on a series of attacks on female tourists in a seaside town.

“I’ve been obsessed with this book for years and am super excited that the folks at Playground share my passion,” said Shepard.

Playground has previously produced shows such as historical drama Wolf Hall for UK pubcaster BBC, plus The Dresser for the BBC and Starz.

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