“Prime Suspect” creator Lynda La Plante has signed with WME, Variety has learned. The bestselling English author and screenwriter comes from UTA.
La Plante’s move comes before the fall release of her new “Prime Suspect” prequel novel “Tennison,” which she is adapting for television.
The award-winning “Prime Suspect” TV trilogy, starring Helen Mirren, was created by La Plante, who penned the miniseries in the ’90s. The story was remade for U.S. audiences in 2011 with NBC’s drama series, starring Mario Bello, which La Plante co-created and exec produced.
“Tennison,” the first novel in a series of “Prime Suspect” prequels, will be published this September. La Plante is adapting the story for ITV, where her “Widows” and “Prime Suspect” franchises originally aired.
La Plante broke through in 1983 with her six-part British robbery miniseries “Widows,” which had a follow-up series, “Widows 2,” in 1985 and another spinoff, “She’s Out,” in 1995. The American remake, starring Brooke Shields, hit TV in 2002.
La Plante was made an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and was the recipient of the BAFTA Dennis Potter Writer’s Award. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008 and inaugurated into the Crime Thriller Writers’ Hall of Fame in 2009.
She continues to be repped by Sheridans.