M.L. Rio’s novel ‘If We Were Villains‘ is being adapted into a TV series by ‘Sex Education‘ producer Eleven. The book is a suspenseful thriller set in an exclusive arts conservatory, following seven young Shakespearean actors at an elite college.
According to Deadline, The series is produced by Canada-headquartered Blink49 and the UK’s Eleven. Also, Executive Produced by Jamie Campbell and Jennifer Pick the co-executive producer for Eleven. Carolyn Newman and Virginia Rankin of Blink49 Studios are also exec producers, along with Rio, Tony-nominated producer Christopher Maring of CM Stage Productions, Andrew Williamson, Henrik Meyer, and Enuka Okuma.
M.L. Rio’s novel ‘If We Were Villains’ has sold 180,000 copies in English the novel has published in 2017 and is available in 14 languages.
If We Were Villains follows, “Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he’s released, he’s greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago. As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, and extra. But when the casting changes and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.”
Source: Film Updates and Deadline