Starz has given the green light to supernatural spy thriller The Rook from Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer, the network announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Friday.
Based on Daniel O’Malley’s novel of the same name, The Rook follows 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.
Meyer will executive produce while Stephen Garrett (The Night Manager) will serve as showrunning executive producer. The Rook will be adapted and co-produced by Sam Holcroft (Rules for Living) and Al Muriel (Precious & Rich).
“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.”
The Rook is slated to debut in the U.S. in 2018 on Starz, while Lionsgate will distribute the series worldwide and Liberty Global will feature the series exclusively on demand in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.