NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when unaccompanied children are fleeing persecution and being turned away at borders around the world, the rights to The New York Times Magazine cover story "The Displaced," an introduction to the 30 million children of conflict currently on the move around the globe, have been acquired by Killer Content, Inc.
Killer is developing "The Displaced" as a dramatic narrative series for television in partnership with Two Brass Brads, a nonprofit that curates socially relevant media properties, and in association with Illustrious Entertainment. Matt Earl Beesley (Masters of Sex, CSI, Lost) is set to direct with Adrienne Becker for Killer and Rachel Gould for Two Brass Brads to Executive Produce. A pilot writer will be selected in the coming weeks.
Killer and Two Brass Brads will also produce a multifaceted social impact campaign around "The Displaced," addressing the timely human rights crisis surrounding victims of war and persecution.
The story, first published in The New York Times Magazine on November 5, 2015 in conjunction with The Times' first virtual reality film, focuses on three children, including Chuol, a 9-year old boy from South Sudan, Oleg, an 11-year old boy from Ukraine and Hana, a 12-year old girl from Syria. Bringing the profound consequences of war-time trauma to life, "The Displaced" for television will pick up where Times reporters left off, providing a fictionalized view of the young victims; how they spend their days when their school, playground, family and friends have been decimated, the stories they tell themselves to try and make sense of it all, and the feelings that fuel their resilience.
"In television's contemporary golden age, expectations are high and storytellers must be at the top of their game. With exceptional talent in place and Killer at the wheel, "The Displaced" is as good a starting point as any, addressing a topic of paramount importance at a most crucial time," said Duane McLaughlin of Illustrious Entertainment.
KILLER CONTENT is a media company producing award-winning, multi-platform entertainment with a curated group of storytellers and brands. The company is comprised of Killer Films, Glass Elevator, and Viewur. Combined, Killer's properties have earned over 75 Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Nominations, most recently for the Academy Award nominated Carol. At this year's Sundance Film Festival, the Company screened four of its films: Goat, Weiner Dog, Frank and Lola and White Girl. And on television, the Killer-produced television series Z: The Beginning of Everything, will be available on Amazon later this year; the pilot is available now.
TWO BRASS BRADS is a nonprofit media company dedicated to the development, financing and production of socially relevant, commercially viable and engaging content. By provoking open dialogue, igniting awareness and encouraging advocacy of cultural, environmental, and historical issues through artful storytelling, Two Brass Brads endeavors to rewrite the social script and create a global campaign for meaningful change.
ILLUSTRIOUS ENTERTAINMENT bridges the gap between established entertainment companies and fresh, untapped voices. The Company works with partners to develop, finance and produce authentic storytelling from artists often rendered invisible by the legacy powers of the entertainment industry. By giving new creators a chance to be seen, and heard, our investment in honest talent is the most impactful path to global change. Illustrious is a privately held company headquartered in New York City.
SOURCE Killer Content, Inc.