CalFilms Asia, Sixty Percent Productions and Imagine Entertainment, the production company founded by the director-producer pair of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), are working together to produce Taiwan Crime Stories, according to Variety. The series will deliver twelve, no-shorter-than-sixty-minute episodes—anthology style—based on real crimes in Taiwan.
Taiwan Crime Stories is to be written and directed by four pairs of creatives, according to Variety. So far, the list includes Liu Tsan-Hun (Dear Orange), Hung Tzu-Hsuan (The Scoundrels), Liang Shu-Ting (The Victims’ Game) and (My Funeral).
Being focused on Taiwanese characters, the series will deal with the tension between holding to “Confucian values” or following one’s own desires, as well as considering the motivations behind these crimes, according to Variety.
Benjamin Lin, CEO of CalFilms Asia said he was always curious about various Taiwanese cold cases.
“When I was researching materials for the series, I discovered many crimes in Taiwan that were left unsolved,” Lin said, according to Variety. “I have always wondered about the motivations that led to these tragic decisions.”
While the producers would accept a local broadcasting offer in Taiwan, they are trying for global distribution through streaming, according to Variety.
Cora Yim, one of the series’ producers, said she primarily wants to create high-quality crime drama series with talent from the Eastern Hemisphere.
“Crime drama has always been the cornerstone of premium content globally,” Yim said, according to Variety, “and it has long been my goal to create world class crime drama series with stories and talents from Asia.”
Vice president of Imagine International, Janice Chua, said she is excited for the diverse appeal of Taiwan Crime Stories.
“With ‘Taiwan Crime Stories,’ we are thrilled to work with our partners to deconstruct unsolved crimes and create a compelling series that will appeal to audiences worldwide,” Chua said, according to Variety.