Indie producer Freedom Scripted to adapt Sebastian Faulks' novel "Engleby"

The six-part drama staring by Noah Jupe has Michael Keillor as director; and Ryan Craig and Jess Ruston will write the screenplay adaptation.

12 APR 2024

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Glasgow indie production company Freedom Scripted is adapting "Engleby", the cult 2007 novel by bestselling author Sebastian Faulks. Set between London and Cambridge, the six-part drama is a quintessential British murder mystery meets acute psychological character study, with a healthy dose of dark wit. The series follows enigmatic outsider Mike Engleby as he graduates from 1970s campus life to 1980s Fleet Street and beyond – haunted all the while by an unsolved mystery involving a friend and fellow student during their university days.

Noah Jupe ("The Undoing") is attached to play Engleby and Michael Keillor ("Lockerbie") will be the director. Celebrated stage and screenwriters Ryan Craig ("Filthy Business") and Jess Ruston ("Geek Girl") are attached to pen the series, with Freedom Scripted’s MD Mike Ellen executive producing.

Michael Keillor, Director, says: “It’s an honour to bring the fascinating and mercurial character of Engleby to life with Ryan, Jess and the whole team at Freedom Scripted”. Noah Jupe adds, “I’m excited to be working with Freedom on bringing to screen one of Faulks’ most beguiling and chilling characters.”

Jess Ruston says: “'Engleby' is one of the most uniquely memorable voices in contemporary fiction – the blend of sharp intelligence, deep dysfunction, wry humour in this ultimate outsider make him an irresistible character”. Ryan Craig comments, "Like the best thrillers, 'Engleby' makes you feel complicit in the action and breathless at every twist in the plot… I can think of few stories that lend themselves so perfectly to TV drama”.

Freedom Scripted’s MD Mike Ellen said, “True Crime can be compelling, but also at times exploitative and misleading. In 'Engleby' which sprung from the brilliant mind of Sebastian Faulks, we tackle the reliability or otherwise of narration, and ultimately ‘make it up to tell the truth’ about a tragic set of very real feeling, fictional events. Ryan and Jess are working with a respected forensic psychiatrist to make sure we get things right, as well as produce a highly bingeable drama.”