BBC and MultiChoice adapt Deon Meyer’s novel Devil’s Peak into a drama series | New

British broadcaster BBC and South African pay-TV group MultiChoice have teamed up for a five-part crime thriller based on Deon Meyer’s bestselling 2004 novel Devil’s Peak.

Produced by BBC Studios-owned Lookout Point and UK-based Expanded Media Productions, the show is written and created for TV by Matthew Orton (Operation Finale, Moon Knight) and production has begun in Cape Town, where unfolds the show.

The 5×50′ series, also titled Devil’s Peak, will be delivered in 2023, with MultiChoice premiering on M-Net in South Africa and distributed in Sub-Saharan Africa, while BBC Studios will distribute in the rest of the world. South African production services are provided by Film Afrika.

Devil’s Peak is described as a “multi-layered crime thriller”. The novel is the first in Meyer’s series of books about detective Benny Griessel.

In the adaptation, Griessel is played by Hilton Pelser (Moffie, Glasshouse, Kissing Booth), while Sisanda Henna (Trackers, Rogue) plays a grieving father seeking justice after his son’s murder.

Rounding out the cast are Shamilla Miller (Blood & Water, Troy: Fall of a City) and Masasa Mbangeni (The Republic, Scandal). Jozua Malherbe (Griekwastad, Justice Served) is directing.

Associate producer Amy Jephta (Skemerdans, Barakat) writes alongside Orton, who serves as executive producer with Lookout Point’s Laura Lankester and Expanded Media’s Francis Hopkinson. Yolisa Phahle, Allan Sperling and Jan du Plessis are producing for M-Net, while Johann Knobel (Bad Sisters, The Shadow Line) is producing.

Meyer said, “Benny Griessel began his fictional life as a humble single cameo character, and never in my wildest dreams did I think he would ever be part of an international television series.”

Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment and Connected Video at MultiChoice Group, added: “Not only is this an authentically South African story starring a South African cast, it is also filmed in our own backyard, benefiting multiple industries and economies beyond the television industry. .”

MultiChoice previously adapted Meyer’s 2011 novel Trackers into a well-received drama series produced by Scene 24, Three River Studios, Helle Media and Scribe Studios. The show marked the first co-production between M-Net, HBO’s sister network Cinemax, and German public broadcaster ZDF.