“Pignon Scorbion and the Barber Shop Detectives” TV Series in the Works – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: First Wind Film Development has secured the TV rights to Rick Bleiweiss’ recently released debut mystery novel Scorbion Gear and the Barber Shop Detectiveswith Brendan Deneen and Josh Stanton of Blackstone Publishing attached to produce the adaptation.
The book is set in 1910, in the small English town of Haxford, which has a new chief inspector of police. At first, the dapper and unflappable Pignon Scorbion, a Briton of Egyptian and Haitian descent, strikes something odd among the locals. But it’s not long before Haxford really needs a detective. Investigating a trio of crimes whose origins span half a century, Scorbion interviews a parade of people with potential motives, but with every apparent clue, new surprises unfold. And just as it seems like nothing can derail Scorbion, Thelma Smith walks around – dazzling, smart, and newly single. Has Scorbion finally found its match?
Bleiweiss has spent most of his career in the music industry as a recording artist, Grammy-nominated producer, recorded songwriter and senior record label executive, working with superstars and contributing to bands. movie sound. He has written numerous newspaper columns and magazine articles, had chapters in anthologies, and has a story in the next collection. Hotel California. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Historical Novel Society, and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, among other organizations.
First Wind Film Development focuses on creating new premium content and developing packages for producers and writers. Based in the EU and UK, and formed in 2016 by three colleagues who previously worked for United Artists Europe, the company developed the recently released feature documentary Meet Gorbachev, on the life of Mikhail Gorbachev, directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer. FWFD has several projects in development for different film and television markets, including These bloody womenbased on the 1902 memoir of activist Emily Hobhouse, The weight of war– an authentic insight into the life and suffering of women and children during the Boer War.
Deneen is a former Scott Rudin Productions and Miramax/Dimension executive who recently joined Blackstone and launched its in-house film and television division, which currently has projects in development with Netflix, Paramount, Amblin, Roadside Attractions, Genre Arts, 6th & Idaho and Calage.
One of the largest independent audiobook publishers in the United States, Blackstone’s catalog features more than 13,000 audiobook titles from authors including Ayn Rand, Gabriel García Márquez, Pablo Neruda, CS Lewis, Don Winslow and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Its print and electronic editions feature more than 80 titles a year from new and established writers, including James Clavell, Rex Pickett, PC Cast, Catherine Coulter, Norman Reedus and Karin Slaughter.
Bleiweiss is replaced by Nicole Resciniti at the Seymour agency.