MTV buys mystery drama produced by Kelsey Grammer
“Blackwood” is from Lionsgate Television and Grammer’s Grammnet Prods. The program is based on a young adult book of that name by Gwenda Bond. “Blackwood” was published on the Strange Chemistry YA imprint of Angry Robot Books, a United Kingdom-based science fiction publisher.
Peter Calloway (“Brothers & Sisters”), a DC Comic book and television writer will pen the adaptation.
The story focuses on Miranda Blackwood, a 19-year-old who, after 114 people that include her father disappear off Roanoke Island, starts investigating. She teams with her high school sweetheart, but discovers she is at the center of the mystery, and also the disappearance of 114 people in America’s early days at The Lost Colony.
Grammer is best known for playing Dr. Frasier Crane on the TV shows “Cheers” and “Frasier.” He wil also appear in the upcoming film “Reach Me” alongside Kyra Sedgwick.
MTV may have been inspired by the success of its program “Teen Wolf.”
Calloway will exec produce along with Grammer, Stella Bulochnikov and Brian Sher from Grammnet. Brian Taylor, vice president of Gramnet, found the manuscript and got the rights for Grammnet and Lionsgate TV.
On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.
Miranda, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can’t dodge is each other.