Viacom International Studios UK have optioned the Natalya Ivanova crime series, based on Motherland and Black Wolf, by G D Abson.
The four-part series crime thriller series, entitled "Natalya", based on the St Petersburg-set books published by Mirror Books will be adapted by Richard Cottan (BAFTA-winning "Wallander", "The Fear", "Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar") and produced by Francis Hopkinson of Expanded Media ("Wallander", "DCI Banks", "Trauma").
The project is part of a growing slate of scripted TV shows being developed by VIS UK under the helm of m.d. Jill Offman.
VIS UK acquired the rights from Rebecca Watson of Valerie Hoskins Associates on behalf of Kate Hordern of KHLA.