TNT Announces Original Movies Based on Novels by Lisa Gardner, Scott Turow, and More


Yesterday, at their Upfront presentation in New York, TNT and TBS announced their 2011-2012 TV programming slate of new projects (our friends at Daemon’s TV have full coverage of the announcement). Book lovers will be excited to hear that TNT announced a new lineup of original movies based on the bestselling novels of authors like Scott Turow, Lisa Gardner, Sandra Brown, Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, Richard North Patterson, and April Smith.

Set to debut in November and December 2011, TNT’s return to original TV movies is tentatively titled The TNT Tuesday Night Mystery. They will feature a slate of contemporary crime dramas, from true-crime stories to fictional mysteries. Here is more information about the six dramas:

Innocent – Twenty years after being cleared in the death of his mistress, Judge Rusty Sabich is charged with the murder of his late wife. During the trial, a secret affair from Rusty’s recent past threatens to hamper his defense and fracture his relationship with his son. Innocent is based on Scott Turow’s book, a sequel to his blockbuster hit Presumed Innocent. The movie is written, directed and executive-produced by Mike Robe (TNT’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King).

Ricochet – Two homicide detectives find their careers – and lives – on the line when they get caught up in a case of murder and betrayal in high-society Savannah. Based on the book by #1 New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown, the project is executive-produced by Howard Braunstein (The Informant!) and Jim Head (On Strike for Christmas) and written by Donald Martin (The Craigslist Killer).

Silent Witness – In this legal drama based on a novel by Richard North Patterson, prominent defense attorney Tony Lord returns to his hometown to defend an old friend, a teacher accused of murdering one of his students. The case re-opens the heartache from Tony’s own high school days, when he was a student falsely accused of murdering his first love. Lizzie Friedman and Greg Little, the team behind One Lucky Elephant, Whiz Kids and Sex and Death 101, serve as executive producers. The script is being written by Thomas Michael Donnelly (Our Fathers).

Deck the Halls – Adapted from the first book in Mary Higgins Clark and daughter Carol Higgins Clark’s series of holiday mystery novels, this warm-hearted story brings together two of the authors’ most popular characters: Detective Regan Reilly and cleaning-woman-turned-private-eye Alvirah Meegan. The women investigate the kidnapping of Regan’s father and a young female driver just before the holidays. The race is on to rescue the pair and get them home in time for Christmas. Howard Burkons (John Q, TNT’s The Ron Clark Story) is set to write the script. He will executive-produce with Brenda Friend (Joan of Arc, The Ron Clark Story).

Good Morning, Killer– Based on a novel by April Smith, this thriller follows FBI Special Agent Ana Gray as she hunts for a kidnapper. As Ana develops a rapport with the kidnapper’s latest victim, the suspect suddenly changes his pattern. Now Ana must race to find him before he strikes again. Smith is set to write the script and executive-produce the project.

Hide – Based on the book by Lisa Gardner, Hide pits two detectives against a killer who seems to have returned from the dead. The project is written by Janet Brownell (Eloise at the Plaza) and executive-produced by Stephanie Germain (The Day After Tomorrow).

TNT also announced that they are developing a series based on Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan books. A series based on bestselling author Mitch Albom is also in the works.

I’m very excited about the news that Lisa Gardner’s Hide is going to be adapted into a movie. The book is just fantastic—it’s a creepy thriller that kept me up late into the night and I still remember it years later. I can’t wait to see which actors are cast as D.D. Warren and Bobby Dodge. Do you have any casting suggestions?

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