Renegade Entertainment Develops ‘Gathering Dark’ Series – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Courtney Lauren Penn and Thomas Jane’s Renegade Entertainment have acquired best-selling author Candice Fox’s thriller, gathering of darkness, for serial development. The project brings the trio together on the heels of their success with the Amazon original series Freevee, troppo.
Published in March 2020, gathering of darkness centers on four women – a convicted killer, a skilled thief, a vicious ganglord and a disillusioned cop – who together are the only hope for a missing girl.
Dr. Blair Harbour, once a wealthy and respected pediatric surgeon, is now an ex-con who lost his chance. She is determined to keep her nose clean and regain custody of her son. But when her former cellmate asks for help finding her missing daughter, Blair is forced to put her newfound freedom on the line. Detective Jessica Sanchez has always had a rocky relationship with the LAPD. And his legacy of a multi-million dollar mansion as a reward for catching a killer just made his police enemy number one. Her conviction of Blair comes back to haunt her in real time and a game of cat and mouse begins.
It’s been 10 years since Jessica arrested Blair for cold-blooded murder. So when Jessica opens the door to the disgraced doctor late at night, she expects abuse, maybe even violence. Then comes a call for help…
Other Renegade and Fox series troppoproduced in partnership with AGC TV, is based on Fox’s novel, crimson lake. It centers on ex-cop Ted Conkaffey (Jane), who is falsely accused of a disturbing crime, then escapes to the tropics of Far North Queensland, where he becomes entangled with a crime agency. newly formed private investigation. The show debuted in May as one of the first Originals to launch on Amazon Freevee, following its rebranding from IMDbTV, and is currently rated 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. It also premiered on ABC in Australia earlier this year to both critical and commercial acclaim.
“Teaming up with Courtney, Thomas and Renegade is the stuff of dreams,” Fox said of gathering of darkness. “It’s the kind of creative team that brings the richness, darkness and courage this story deserves.”
“Candice is an outspoken, inventive and daring voice in the detective genre. She creates incredibly human, tense and unpredictable characters – first with Ted and Amanda in TROPPO – and now, with her intertwining of four distinct, compelling, serious and relatable women in GATHERING DARK,” Penn added. “For a female-led production company, this is a rare opportunity to dig deep into the material capturing a quatrain of women, who couldn’t be more different from each other, and who are forced to come together and unite for their one common instinct – the need to reunite a mother with her missing child.
Renegade was officially launched just before the pandemic, in December 2019, and is now active across all verticals including film, TV, streaming, graphic novels, and comics. The company has previously developed and produced films, including the western thriller the last sonwith Jane, Sam Worthington and Colson Baker, and Killers, with Jane, Abigail Breslin and Malin Akerman. Upcoming releases for 2022 include Western thriller Murder in Yellowstonewith Jane, Gabriel Byrne, Isaiah Mustafa, Richard Dreyfuss, Anna Camp and Aimee Garcia, and the thriller To digin which Jane stars alongside her daughter Harlow.
Fox’s first novel, underworldwon the Australian Crime Writers Association’s Ned Kelly Best Debut Award in 2014, with its sequel Eden claim this award the following year. The Australian is also the author of bestsellers To fall, crimson lake and Exchange pointand in 2015 began collaborating with James Patterson on novels including Never never, Black & Blue, Half half, Liar Liar and Hush hush.
Renegade Entertainment and Jane are represented by Paradigm; Fox by APA & Left Bank Literary in Australia.