20th Television Developing “Will Trent” Pilot for ABC
Disney’s 20th Television is developing a new crime drama series based on Karin Slaughter’s bestselling “Will Trent” book series.
The series is being developed by Liz Heldens and Dan Thomsen, who have previously worked on “The Big Leap” and Fox’s “The Passage”. They will be executive producers on the series, along with the novel’s author, Karin Slaughter.
The pilot has been written by Heldens and Thomsen, but depending on who they are able to bring in to play the lead role of Special Agent, Will Trent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, who was abandoned at birth and endured a harsh coming of age in Atlanta’s overwhelmed foster care system. But now, determined to use his unique point of view to make sure no one feels as abandoned as he was, Trent has the highest clearance rate in the GBI.
Karin Slaughter’s book series consists of ten novels, the first novel was called “Triptych,” and was published in 2006 and the most recent entry in the series called “The Silent Wife,” was released last year.
ABC has given a pilot order to the project, so if this is successful, we should end up seeing the series available on Disney’s streaming services.
Would you like to see a new series based on “Will Trent”?
Source – Deadline
I love the Will Trent series of books and I would absolutely sign up for any streaming service that made a series of them, just as I signed up with Amazon years ago when they made "Bosch". Unfortunately, I can see by the casting that whoever is making this show has never read any of the books because the actors chosen are nothing like the characters in the books. Therefore, I assume that the stories will also be nothing like the books that I have read and loved. I don't understand why they buy rights to a book only to change everything about it. Why not just start from scratch and make up a new story and cast of characters?