Starz has picked up the Stephenie Meyer supernatural drama “The Rook” to series, the network announced on Friday.
Based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley, “The Rook” follows a young woman who wakes up in a London park with amnesia and is pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own. It is set to premiere in 2018.
The series, produced by Lionsgate in partnership with Liberty Global, is executive produced by Stephen Garrett alongside Meyer and Meghan Hibbett. The show, written and co-produced by Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel was previously in development at Hulu.
“A high-end series aimed right at the sweet spot of our audience, The Rook is a great addition to a Starz slate loaded with the most exciting new and returning series offered by any platform anywhere,” said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht. “We are thrilled to add the talents of Stephen Garrett and Stephenie Meyer to our creative family and forge our partnership with the Lionsgate Television Group and Liberty Global. ‘The Rook’ is instantly addictive from the very first scene and introduces what we believe will be one of the most fascinating and thrilling female protagonists on television.”
“Everything starts with great writing,” said 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.”