Tuesday, January 19, 2016

USA Gives Straight-to-Series Order to Drama 'Eyewitness'

USA has ordered 10 episodes of original drama series Eyewitness developed by Shades of Blue creator Adi Hasak. The series is an adaptation of the hit Norwegian crime thriller Øyevitne.

When two innocent teenage boys secretly meet up in the forest, they witness a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen and when you witness a horrible event it changes everything, forever.

Hasak will serve as showrunner for the first season, and executive produce alongside Øyevitne creator Jarl Emsell Larsen. Universal Cable Productions will produce.

"Norway's incredible show follows a horrific crime story through the unlucky and unlikely eyes of two innocent witnesses," said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President of Development, Universal Cable Productions. "It's a bone-chilling thrill ride that not only exposes the details of a crime, but also the secrets of the witnesses who watched. When Adi brought this to UCP, we immediately knew we had to be involved."

"Eyewitness takes a horrific crime and, in compelling fashion, uses it to examine a whole network of unique character relationships," added Alex Sepiol, Senior Vice President of Original Scripted Programming, USA. "We were immediately drawn to the source material and Adi has found a very smart way to adapt it into a truly universal and engaging story."