'The Maidens' by Alex Michaelides Acquired for Television
Alex Michaelides’ forthcoming book The Maidens, the first of a series of books about the Greek psychologist who investigates mysteries, is set to be developed into a premium television series by Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell’s Stone Village Television.
The story, set on the Greek island of Naxos and also in the town of Cambridge, England, is described as a well paced murder mystery with sudden twists and turns. It is centered around Mariana Andros who is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on a secret society called “The Maidens,” when one of the members, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered at Cambridge. Mariana becomes convinced that, despite his alibi, a Classics professor named Edward Fosca is guilty of the murder. Her determination to prove him guilty will send her life spiraling out of control, to destroy her career, her relationships- even if it costs her life.
“This is the kind of story I’ve been wanting to help tell my whole career,” said Scott Steindorff, Managing Partner of Stone Village. “It has everything I love: a layered and heroic lead woman, academia, Greek Islands, classics, complex psychology, and an unpredictable mystery. The characters and world are all here for endless, entertaining storytelling.”
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