Edgar Wright, Nira Park, Joe Cornish & Rachael Prior Create New Company With 3 Shows In Dev For Netflix, Inc. ‘Lockwood & Co’
We don’t usually post industry news, but given the people involved and the projects they are working on, I think on this occasion we can make an exception. Following their departure from production company Big Talk (The Cornetto Trilogy, ‘Baby Driver’), Nira Park and Edgar Wright have teamed with long-term writer/director collaborator Joe Cornish and senior right-hand creative of ten years, Rachael Prior, to launch a new production company, Complete Fiction, it has been announced.
The new company will be based in both London and Los Angeles, working across both film and television, and will have a global outlook in terms of the material it produces and the talent it works with. Complete Fiction is a formal consolidation of a 20+ year relationship between the key partners, who came together over a shared vision, not only for the type of stories they were drawn to, but the way in which they wanted to make them. It also marks a decision by Wright to diversify his creative efforts and to take on producing roles on shows and movies by the next generation of writers and directors he wants to help nurture.
“This new chapter with Complete Fiction is something I have wanted to embark on for a while now,” commented Edgar Wright. “Nira has been my producer for more than 20 years, but we, along with our amazing team of long-time friends and collaborators, still share the same drive to bring original stories to the screen. Complete Fiction will be a dynamic hub for passionate creatives – somewhere they can feel nurtured and protected. I’ve been lucky enough to always have this team around me who have advocated for my voice and vision as a filmmaker, and I’m excited to bring new stories into the world and be part of making that happen for the next generation.”
Whilst continuing to produce feature films, the team are also stepping back into the world of television, where Park, Wright and Cornish began their careers. As part of this launch, the company is working with Netflix to develop three new series under the Complete Fiction banner.
The first is ‘Lockwood & Co’, a supernatural action-adventure detective series, based on the best-selling novels by Jonathan Stroud. For those unfamiliar with the books, they are set in an alternative London, beset by an epidemic of spooks and ghouls. Only a few young people have the abilities to see and hear these supernatural terrors, and it’s their job to fight them. The smallest, most ramshackle psychic detection agency of all is ‘Lockwood & Co’. The series will be helmed and executive produced by Cornish.
In conjunction with Netflix, the company have also optioned two more book adaptations – the sci-fi horror trilogy ‘The Murders of Molly Southbourne’ from award-winning novelist Tade Thompson, which follow Molly Southbourne, who is afflicted by a mysterious condition… every time she bleeds, a doppelgänger will grow from her blood and attempt to kill her; And epic historical fantasy series inspired by Islamic folklore, ‘The City of Brass’ (The Daevabad Trilogy) from author S.A. Chakraborty, which follows Nahri, a talented con woman who accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior during one of her cons, and is forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real.
“There is so much scope to originate and be genuinely creative in both film and television, and that is more important than ever right now,” adds Nira Park. “A huge motivating factor in forming this new company is the chance to work with the writers and directors that inspire us across all mediums. Whilst we will continue to produce bold, original feature films for international audiences, we are incredibly excited about this expansion into television and can’t wait to put our distinctive stamp on longer-form story-telling. We feel very lucky to have each other, and this new company is an expression of our ambitions for the next phase of our careers, and a desire to do that together as a working family”.
Complete Fiction are currently in post-production on Edgar Wright’s latest feature film, ‘Last Night In Soho’, which they produced with Working Title for Focus Features and Film4. Also in post is Edgar Wright’s untitled feature documentary about the band Sparks which Complete Fiction is producing with their ‘Baby Driver’ partners, MRC.
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