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Victoria Smurfit and Freedom Films to adapt Frankie Sheehan novels as returning crime series
19 Aug 2021 : Nathan Griffin
actor Victoria Smurfit
Irish actor/producer Victoria Smurfit has teamed up with LA-based Freedom Films to acquire the rights to Irish author Olivia Kiernan’s DCS Frankie Sheehan novel series.

Set in Dublin, Kiernan’s crime thriller novels series comprises of four books: Play Dead For MeThe Killer In Me, If Looks Could Kill, and the recently released The Murder Box.

Smurfit confirmed to IFTN, that the series will be shot on location in and around Dublin, and intends to be adapted into an original returning TV series with each of the four books representing a single season.

Star of ABC’s Once Upon A Time and ITV’s Trial & Retribution, Smurfit will take on the role of DCS Sheehan, who returns to Dublin to head up her murder squad after nearly being killed in the line of duty. The series is being directed and produced by Keith Boak of Freedom Films.

“I am thrilled to be working with Olivia Kiernan and Victoria Smurfit on this ‘Celtic Noir’ crime classic, Smurf and I were completely gripped by Olivia’s uniquely Irish, haunting, psychological thrillers,” said Boak.

“We have wanted to work together for some time and were searching for the right vehicle,” he added. “Along came this fast paced, razor sharp, chilling but also darkly humorous twisting new crime series and Smurf hasn’t stopped talking about it since.”

Smurfit, who will serve as a co-producer on the project, added: “It’s true – Olivia has given us this sharp-witted female detective who brings an irresistible Irish banter to a dangerous and unforgiving Dublin landscape.

“DCS Frankie Sheehan is the perfect mix of frailty, ferocity, and Irish guts, empowered by a unique deep intuitive connection to serious crime,” added Smurfit.

The project is currently in development.

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