Neil Cross (Luther) will adapt his novel Burial to series for the British broadcaster ITV, according to Deadline. The four-part ghost murder drama Because The Night will be produced by Euston Films, the producer of Hard Sun.
The series is inspired by Cross’ novel and follows Nathan, who has a secret that wants to keep “buried,” and for which has worked very hard in order to make recompense. After almost ten years of marriage, Bob, an unwanted person from Nathan’s past, appears at his doorstep bringing shocking news that forces him to make some catastrophic decisions.
The series was ordered by Poly Hill, ITV’s head of drama. Noemi Spanos (Dublin Murders) and Kate Hardwood (Hard Sun, Baghdad Central), managing director for Euston Films (backed by Fremantle), will executive produce the show. Niall MacCormick (The Victim) will serve as director of the drama. Fremantle will sell the show internationally.
“I’m truly excited to be working with ITV to make Because the Night. It’s one of my favorite stories: a tale of psychological suspense, of guilt and ghosts and murder. Oh, and love. Always love. Our job is to make viewers want to sleep with the lights on. We’re looking forward to it,” Cross said.
“I’m delighted to be working with Neil Cross and Euston Films on Because the Night – a taught gripping contemporary thriller, which is both chilling and compelling. Neil’s adaptation of his original novel promises to be unmissable TV drama and I’m thrilled he’s agreed to do this for ITV,” Hill said.
“Working with the brilliant Neil Cross on this bold and gripping four parter is a real thrill for us. Because the Night sent shivers down our spine when we read it and we can’t wait to bring Neil’s fresh, contemporary take on his original story to the ITV audience,” Noemi Spanos and Kate Hardwood stated.