Series is based on South African author Deon Meyer's novels

Sean Bean is in talks to topline a trilogy of “Devil’s Peak” films, based on South African author Deon Meyer’s novels.

Bean will portray Detective Benny Griessel, the protagonist of the thriller series that begins with “Devil’s Peak.” Other entries include “13 Hours” and “7 Days.”

Producers are Malcolm Kohll (“Formula 51″); Michael S. Murphey (“District 9,” “Dredd”), through his Kalahari Pictures banner; and Ofir Kedar (“A Thousand Kisses Deep”).

Hersch Klaff, Robbie Little and Robert Fig will exec produce. Little’s the Little Film Co. is handling international sales and will introduce the project to foreign buyers for the first time in Cannes.

Producers are eyeing a September start date for principal photography on the first installment. The film will be shot in Cape Town, South Africa.

“I believe that Deon Meyer will do for the South African thriller what Stieg Larsson did for the Scandinavian crime novel,” Kohll said. Murphey’s producing credits include “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddie’s Revenge.” He formed Kalahari Pictures in 2002.

The Little Film Co.’s international sales slate includes “Defiant,” starring Toni Collette and Dev Patel, and romantic comedy “Ameriqua,” starring Bobby Kennedy III, Alec Baldwin, Alessandra Mastronardi and Eva Amurri. The company’s sked also includes “The Clinic,” “Beneath the Darkness,” “Coming and Going” “Northern Soul” and “Eye of the Storm.” The Little Film Co. is also handling sales for select territories on “Dracula 3D” – an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival (Midnight Screening).

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