Nicola Shindler’s Quay Street Productions is teaming with Tanya Seghatchian and John Woodward’s UK outfit Brightstar to produce a five-part series called Playdate based on Alex Dahl’s novel of the same name for Disney+ UK. Eva Husson will direct the film. Her credits include Cannes 2021’s Girls Of The Sun.
Playdate tells the story of a mother-of-two whose world is turned upside down when she agrees to let her nine-year-old daughter have a sleepover at her new best friend’s house. When she returns to pick up her daughter the next morning, she finds that the beautiful house in which her daughter was supposed stay is actually a holiday rental. Her daughter has also disappeared. A manhunt across Europe follows.
Filming will take place across the UK and France this summer. The script was written by Catherine Moulton. Husson and James Dean will produce the film.
is a very rare beast – a thriller that combines beautifully crafted edge-of-the-seat suspense with unexpected plot twists and truly powerful drama focused on these strong women who are intent on hiding their darkest secrets from the world,” says Seghatchian and Woodward in a statement,It is the latest original to emerge from the Disney+ UK team, which last week commissioned Suspect: The Shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes from writer Jeff Pope and Etta Pictures. Brightstar’s credits also include Jane Campion’s Bafta award-winning
The Power Of The Dog
, which was produced for Netflix. It is also producing Netflix’s upcoming drama Kaos, written by Charlie Covell, End Of The F**king World. Quay St Productions is currently working on Fool Me Once
, an adaptation of Harlan Coben’s thriller. Devereaux said: “Playdate
is a brilliantly twisty thriller with a terrifying, instantly relatable hook. We are proud to be working on this must-see drama with celebrated producers, visionary Director Eva Husson, and rising star writer.