Planned TV trilogy based on Meyer's bestsellers

Germany’s All In Production is prepping a TV movie trilogy based on South African crime novelist Deon Meyer’s bestsellers.

The Munich-based shingle has tapped German-South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz, who helmed the 2010 Cannes screener “Life Above All,” to direct the first installment, “Dead Before Dying,” from an English-language script by Brits Matt Harvey and Dominic Morgan.

The 1996 book introduced Cape Town police captain Mat Joubert, a depressed and overweight chain-smoker still grieving the loss of his wife, killed in the line of duty. A wave of homicides, coupled with a tough new commanding officer who imposes a strict diet and mental health regimen on his detectives, gives the investigator a new lease on life.

Joubert also appears in Meyer’s “Dead at Daybreak” and “Trackers.”

All In is in talks with TV partners and international co-producers for the project, which will include an international cast.

Meyer’s works have been attracting plenty of interest from moviemakers. London-based South Africans Malcolm Kohll and Robert Fig optioned the author’s “Thirteen Hours,” about a detective’s race to find the killer of an American student in Cape Town. France’s TF1 Intl. has acquired rights to “Blood Safari,” about a freelance bodyguard up against ruthless wildlife poachers.

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