Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer is turning her attention to the small screen. Starz has handed out a straight-to-series order for supernatural thriller The Rook, the premium cable network announced Friday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.
From Lionsgate and Liberty Global, The Rook will be exec produced by Meyer and showrunner Stephen Garrett. The drama is a co-production between Lionsgate and Liberty Global. Starz will air the series in 2018 and at the same time, Liberty Global will feature the series exclusively on demand across its footprint in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Lionsgate will distribute the series worldwide.
“The Rook is another important step in Liberty Global’s premium scripted content strategy. Shot in the U.K., this project is a perfect fit for Virgin Media as well as our other European markets,” said Liberty Global chief programming officer Bruce Mann. “The series, which we look forward to making available exclusively to millions of Liberty Global subscribers worldwide, is an amazing supernatural thriller, which we are excited to have in the hands of an elite creative showrunner like Stephen Garrett. We’re also delighted to be partnering with our good friends at Lionsgate and Starz.”
“A high-end series aimed right at the sweet spot of our audience, The Rook is a great addition to a Starz slate loaded with the most exciting new and returning series offered by any platform anywhere,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said. “We are thrilled to add the talents of Stephen Garrett and Stephenie Meyer to our creative family and forge our partnership with the Lionsgate Television Group and Liberty Global. The Rook is instantly addictive from the very first scene and introduces what we believe will be one of the most fascinating and thrilling female protagonists on television.”
The series revolves around a young woman pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own. The Rook tells the story of a young woman who wakes up in a London park suffering total amnesia — surrounded by dead bodies, all wearing latex gloves. Pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries is something Meyer is a master of.