DEAD BEFORE DYING creating buzz in Variety


Hollywood entertainment weekly Variety has been reporting on the progress of All In Productions' three part adaptation of Deon Meyer's DEAD BEFORE DYING, scripted by fellow Blake Friedmann clients Dominic Morgan and Matt Harvey. The Munich based production company acquired rights to the book in March last year. Here is the article:

'Germany's All In Production is prepping a TV movie trilogy based on South African crime novelist Deon Meyer's bestsellers.

The Munich-based shingle has tapped German-South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz, who helmed the 2010 Cannes screener "Life Above All," to direct the first installment, DEAD BEFORE DYING from an English-language script by Brits Matt Harvey and Dominic Morgan.

The 1996 book introduced Cape Town police captain Mat Joubert, a depressed and overweight chain-smoker still grieving the loss of his wife, killed in the line of duty. A wave of homicides, coupled with a tough new commanding officer who imposes a strict diet and mental health regimen on his detectives, gives the investigator a new lease on life.

Joubert also appears in Meyer's DEAD AT DAYBREAK and TRACKERS.

All In is in talks with TV partners and international co-producers for the project, which will include an international cast.

Meyer's works have been attracting plenty of interest from moviemakers. London-based South Africans Malcolm Kohll and Robert Fig optioned the author's THIRTEEN HOURS, about a detective's race to find the killer of an American student in Cape Town. France's TF1 Intl. has acquired rights to BLOOD SAFARI, about a freelance bodyguard up against ruthless wildlife poachers.'

You can read it on the Variety website here.