Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence and Criminal Minds exec producer Mark Gordon have teamed up for two drama projects: NEVERWHERE and HOUSE OF THIEVES. The Mark Gordon Company will finance the development of both projects, along with a commitment to fund either if they go to series. Lawrence is on board as director and executive producer of both, along with Gordon and longtime producing partner and manger, Erwin Stoff.
In Neverwhere, when Richard Mayhew encounters an injured girl named Door on the street one night, he decides to help her despite his fiancée’s protests. Upon doing so he ceases to exist on Earth and becomes real only to the denizens of ‘London Below’, whose inhabitants are generally invisible and non-existent to the people of ‘London Above’. He loses his house, his job and nearly his mind as he travels London Below in an attempt to make sense out of it all, find a way back, and help Door survive as she is hunted down by hired assassins.
House Of Thieves is set in 1886 New York. A respectable architect shouldn’t have a
ny connection to the notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city. But when John Cross’s son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt to Kent’s Gent’s, Cross must pay it back himself. All he has to do is use his inside knowledge of high society mansions and museums to craft a robbery even the smartest detectives won’t solve. Soon Cross becomes invaluable to the gang and with that his entire life becomes a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down — and for his family to go down too.
Lawrence has directed all three Hunger Games films, including the upcoming Mockingjay Part 2.
Gordon has produced such hit shows as Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds. He is currently developing an adaptation of Jennifer Steil’s novel The Ambassador’s Wife, with Anne Hathaway slated to star and produce.
Michael O'Sullivan | Contributing Writer