Killer Content is developing a TV series inspired by the New York Times’ feature “The Displaced,” which tells the stories of three children whose lives have been devastated by war in South Sudan, Syria and the Ukraine.
Killer Content, the parent company of Killer Films, has optioned the TV rights to the Times’ multimedia documentary project that marked the news organization’s first virtual reality film. “The Displaced” was published on Nov. 5, 2015.
Killer is in the process of recruiting a writer to handle the narrative adaptation of the heart-wrenching stories of 9-year-old Chuol, 12-year-old Hana and 11-year-old Oleg. The series is envisioned as picking up where the Times’ film leaves off in depicting the children’s fate as they seek to rebuild their lives. Matt Earl Beesley (“Masters of Sex,” “Lost”) is on board to direct.
Killer is producing “The Displaced” with Two Brass Brads, a non-profit outfit that aims to help finance media that tackles social issues, and Illustrious Entertainment. Killer chief Adrienne Becker and Two Brass Brads’ Rachel Gould are exec producers.
“In television’s contemporary golden age, expectations are high and storytellers must be at the top of their game. With exceptional talent in place and Killer at the wheel, ‘The Displaced’ is as good a starting point as any, addressing a topic of paramount importance at a most crucial time,” said Duane McLaughlin of Illustrious Entertainment.
Killer Content’s development of “The Displaced” comes as the company is preparing to launch its first series, Amazon Studios’ “Z: The Beginning of Everything” starring Christina Ricci as Zelda Fitzgerald of literary fame. Killer Films is riding the awards momentum of “Carol,” which nabbed six Oscar noms including acting bids for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.