We’ve heard on the grapevine for a while now that Ian Rankin has been actively courting production companies in a bid to bring his iconic character, DI John Rebus, back to the small screen, and yesterday the news broke that he had brokered a deal with production company Eleventh Hour Films to reboot his hugely-popular Edinburgh-based detective.
TBI Vision reported that Eleventh Hour Films had acquired the rights to the Rebus brand and had hired screenwriter Gregory Burke to create a new version for a new audience.
This is how Rankin himself reacted on Twitter, yesterday.
“It is an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to work on adapting an iconic character like John Rebus for television,” said Burke.
“As someone who has grown up and lives in South East Scotland, Ian Rankin’s best-selling books provide the perfect material to make a thrilling series about crime in the modern world.”
Rebus ran for four series between 2000 and 2007, with (first) John Hannah and then Ken Stott in the lead roles, although Hannah – an excellent actor – was not a huge hit with fans. I think it’s fair to say that Rebus only came alive when Stott took the reins, although Rankin has always expressed disappointment with the adaptations.
Now he gets his wish to bring back his character. We don’t know which channel this will air on, or who will play a character that celebrates his 30th birthday this year.
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