Freedom Scripted options Sebastian Faulks’ Engleby

Freedom Scripted options Sebastian Faulks’ Engleby
Sebastian Faulks, image credit On Modern Liberty via Creative Commons

Sebastian Faulks’ novel Engleby is set to be adapted for television by C4-backed indie Freedom Scripted, starring Noah Jupe.

First published in 2007, the story is set between London and Cambridge, and is a blend of British murder mystery and acute psychological character study.

To be adapted by Ryan Craig and Jess Ruston, the six-part drama will follow enigmatic outsider Mike Engleby as he graduates from 1970s campus life to 1980s Fleet Street and beyond – haunted all the while by an unsolved mystery involving a friend and fellow student during their university days. Noah Jupe is attached to star as Engleby.

Glasgow-based Freedom Scripted’s Mike Ellen is executive producer; Michael Keillor will direct.

Keillor said: “It’s an honour to bring the fascinating and mercurial character of Engleby to life with Ryan, Jess and the whole team at Freedom Scripted.”

Ellen added: “True Crime can be compelling, but also at times exploitative and misleading. In Engleby which sprung from the brilliant mind of Sebastian Faulks, we tackle the reliability or otherwise of narration, and ultimately ‘make it up to tell the truth’ about a tragic set of very real feeling, fictional events.

“Ryan and Jess are working with a respected forensic psychiatrist to make sure we get things right, as well as produce a highly bingeable drama.”

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