In what's sure to be the next cult UK import, the director of "Martha Marcy May Marlene" Sean Durkin has signed on to direct a British TV mini-series for Channel 4.
Deadline reports that "Southcliffe" will focus on a raft of shootings in a fictional English market town, with the story unfolding from the perspectives of the victims and a journalist covering the tragedies.
Durkin rose to prominence with last year's low-key white knuckle thriller "Marlene", which told the story of a young woman's attempts to escape the grasp of a charismatic cult leader. Durkin took home the Best Director prize at the Sundance Film Festival for the 2011 indie film. The filmmaker is also set to helm the feature indie "Joplin" next year, which analyzes the final six months of the famed singer's tumultuous career.
Adding to the mix, the director will be working from a script by Tony Grisoni, who knows a thing or two about effective suspense himself having penned the 2009 "Red Riding" crime trilogy. "Red Riding" revolved around a series of unsolved murders by the 'Yorkshire Ripper', and the toll it takes on those tasked to solve it. The dark, atmospheric trilogy featured Sean Bean, Andrew Garfield and Paddy Considine. No doubt Grisoni will bring similar chills to "Southcliffe" story, as he dubs it an "anthem to ordinary people’s ability to reinvent themselves in the face of ultimate darkness.”
The series is set to debut in 2013. Until then, readers, be sure to check out the creative team's past work to whet your appetite for what's to come.