Live knifehorror novels 2020 and Sunday Times The bestselling book by veteran UK broadcaster and former BBC presenter Simon Mayo, has been selected as the TV by UK production company iGeneration Studios. Síofra Campbell has been attached to adapt the book into multiple series and will also serve as lead writer and executive producer, along with iGeneration principals Edward Glauser and Michael Shyjka.
Mayo’s fourth novel, Live knife follows frustrated journalist Famie Madden as she investigates the brutal murder of four of her news agency colleagues in coordinated rush-hour stabbings over a period of minutes.
“I love to write” Live knife because I love writing about Famie,” said Mayo, who is perhaps best known as the co-host of the popular show. Kermode and Mayo movie reviews on BBC Radio 1 with film critic Mark Kermode, airing from 2001 to early 2022, when both announced that they would be using the format for a new podcast, Kermode and Mayo’s Take. “She wasn’t the easiest to get along with, but she was the easiest to write letters to. It’s a classic, very contemporary horror movie that ends with a lot of blood in the church. Who can say no?”
Campbell’s credits include marvelousher debut as a writer-director, starring Ewen Bremner, Amy Ryan, and Michael Shannon, and a 12-part comedy podcast The British are coming! starring Clint Dyer, Akemnji Ndifornyen, Saskia Reeves and Barry Ward.
“Famie is someone who has created her own chances, suffered many setbacks and is somehow still an idealist even though she hides it very well. Her unwavering commitment to finding the truth is hard to witness but impossible to take your eyes off,” she said.
“Unlike a lot of horror movies that move smoothly through their gears, Live knife is a beautiful story that escalates with unpredictable beauty,” added iGeneration’s Glauser. “Simon has created strong and contradictory central characters as well as a carefully concealed, layered contemporary plot. The Síofra adaptation guarantees that this will be an enchanting timepiece.”
iGeneration Studios is currently in post-production on the Netflix series My life with the Walter boysbased on Ali Novak novel, coming out in 2023. Its rom-com trilogy kiss booth set a viewing record for Netflix, with the second season in the top 10 most watched movies of all time on the network. After their success with youth and youth programming, Live knife marks iGeneration Studios’ first primetime horror film, expanding the company’s development and production process.