Dancing Ledge Productions partners with Lee Child for new crime drama series

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Dancing Ledge Productions today announced a brand-new partnership with the globally best-selling crime novelist Lee Child (Jack Reacher). Dancing Ledge will produce Lee Child: True Crime, a series which dramatizes the stories of real-life men and women from around the world who have been driven to stand up and put their lives on the line, fighting for justice in the face of great danger.

The series will feature real-life crime stories that have the same mythic compulsion of Lee Child’s novels and dramatise a whole new biosphere of crime. Focusing on the hero of each story, the series will celebrate individuals who have triumphed against impossible odds. Real life Jack Reachers.

Lee Child is published in over 100 territories worldwide and translated into 40 languages. A Jack Reacher book is sold globally every 9 seconds and he is the only mega-brand author to have increased sales year on year over the last decade. The films of his novels have made $400m at the box office and his latest novel, Past Tense, was a no 1 best seller simultaneously in both the UK and US.

Dancing Ledge has put together a research team to comb through real-life crime stories from the US and across the world and will identify those that really excite and celebrate the universe of Lee Child’s writing.

The company and Lee are currently discussing the project with potential Showrunners and will then take the project to market.

Lee Child says: “We all read thrillers and watch movies where an average person goes to extraordinary lengths, to defend family or tribe, or to seek justice.  It turns out that reality goes even further – we have some amazing stories to tell, some of them barely believable, but they’re all true.”

Bafta Award-winning producer Laurence Bowen (The Eichmann Show, Delhi Crime, Suburban Shootout), CEO, Dancing Ledge Productions says: “Lee Child: True Crime will be ground-breaking in the way it marries the magnetic, universal brand of a great author with real life stories to offer its audience a completely fresh perspective on crime. Jack Reacher is the latest incarnation of an outsider avenger that goes all the way back to Robin Hood, King Arthur and the Lone Ranger. He’s represents an absolutely universal force, so finding the real-life men and women who have been driven to step outside the normal rules and get justice done in their own way is incredibly exciting. There will be nothing else like this on television.”

Most recently Dancing Ledge developed Netflix Original Delhi Crime, co-produced The New Pope starring Jude Law and John Malkovich, and produced Porters for Dave/UKTV.   

It is currently developing projects with Paulo Coelho, Mark Gatiss, Faith Soloway, Nathaniel Martello White, Joe Barton and Lauren Sequeira.

Its commitment to championing new talent includes a Writer in Residence Bursary, monthly new writer workshops and a mentoring programme with the Screenskills HETV Levy Writers Bursary scheme with mentors Jimmy McGovern, Sharon Horgan, Jack Thorne, Kay Mellor, Sally Wainwright, Paul Abbott, Levi David Addai and Jed Mercurio.

The company is 25% owned by Fremantle Group.

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