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April 9, 2014

The action adventure series about the golden age of pirates starring John MalkovichCrossbones will go out on NBC at 10pm on Fridays on NBC.  Neil is writer and executive producer for the the show.


From NBC:


It’s 1715 on the Bahamian island of Santa Campana, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (John Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown and part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other on Earth – and a mounting threat to international commerce.


Teach/Blackbeard has set his sights on the world’s first longitude chronometer, a device that will change society, sea-trade and global business. In a massive attack on an English vessel, Blackbeard attempts to steal the device; however, Tom Lowe, an English spy working undercover as the ship’s surgeon, destroys the chronometer before it can fall into his hands. Taken as prisoner to Santa Campana Island, Lowe must find a way to reassemble the precious device, all while trying to unfold Blackbeard’s plan… a plan that includes a threat to the English throne even worse than pirates.


From the award-winning creator of “Luther,” Neil Cross, and award-winning executive producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (“Gladiator,” “Men in Black”) comes an extraordinary action adventure with an unexpected moral center where one can’t be sure whether the pirates or the British crown are the villains.

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Published on April 09, 2014 16:13 • 33 views

Idris  picked up one of the top prizes at Britain’s recent Royal Television Society Awards in London. He took the Male Actor for his role as DCI John Luther in his third series in 2013.


Read more about the 2013 award winners and watch highlights from the ceremony here.

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Published on April 09, 2014 16:09 • 36 views

June 3, 2013

Join Neil on June 29 as he talks about writing Doctor Who, his collaborations with Guillermo Del Toro, being lead writer on BBC spy drama Spooks, creating the iconic crime thriller Luther – and his award-winning novels:


Saturday June 29, from 7pm

Ilott Theatre, Wellington Town Hall

Tickets available through Ticketek (www.ticketek.co.nz or phone 0800 TICKETEK)


 


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Published on June 03, 2013 23:47 • 102 views
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Published on June 03, 2013 21:32 • 64 views

April 3, 2013

Neil’s first episodes of Doctor Who will screen on BBC One this Saturday.


The Rings of Akhaten is the second episode in the current series. Here, the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and his new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman introduce the episode:



The introduction, this trailer and an episode preview can be found on BBC’s Doctor Who web pages.



Here is what executive producer Steven Moffat revealed about this episode in Doctor Who magazine in December:


This is Neil Cross’ second script, but the first one you’ll see. All shot now and we’ve just seen the first cut from [director] Farren Blackburn, and I’ll think you’ll laugh and cry and airpunch. Glorious. The brief, for Neil, was this. “You know how the doctor always promises amazing, awesome wonders to his companions, then gets them stuck down a tunnel beiung attacked by mutant slugs. Let’s deliver some awesome and amazing!”



Hide, Episode 4 in the series, screens later in April. Here is what Steven Moffat revealed in Doctor Who magazine in December:


Neil Cross’ first script, but the second one you’ll see. And you won’t be in any doubt about why we rugby tackled him on the way out the door, and cranked another story out of him. Spooky and clever and even a little bit romantic, with some gorgeous work from new-to-Who director Jamie Payne, this one is finished. No, hang on, it isn’t. We’ve got a shot to pick up. Damn! Damn!!



Watch the 2013 full series trailer here:

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Published on April 03, 2013 14:21 • 115 views

January 8, 2013

Ahead of its January 18 opening, new behind-the-scenes video material has been released for Mama, the horror movie executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and scripted by Neil.


Mama, which stars Jessica Chastain and Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, expands on director Andy Muschietti’s terrifying 2008 Spanish-language short. Neil rewrote an original script by Andy and Barbara Muschietti.


“Look Inside” Mama is available to view on iTunes and features commentary by del Toro, Chastaine and Coster-Waldau. More information about the movie can be found at the official movie site.

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Published on January 08, 2013 16:29 • 83 views

Neil has written two episodes of the forthcoming series of Doctor Who, which will begin screening on BBC One in April of 2013.


Here is what executive producer Steven Moffat revealed about Neil’s episodes in Doctor Who magazine in December:


Episode 2 [aka Episode 707]

This is Neil Cross’ second script, but the first one you’ll see. All shot now and we’ve just seen the first cut from [director] Farren Blackburn, and I’ll think you’ll laugh and cry and airpunch. Glorious. The brief, for Neil, was this. “You know how the doctor always promises amazing, awesome wonders to his companions, then gets them stuck down a tunnel beiung attacked by mutant slugs. Let’s deliver some awesome and amazing!”


Episode 4 [aka Episode 709]

Neil Cross’ first script, but the second one you’ll see. And you won’t be in any doubt about why we rugby tackled him on the way out the door, and cranked another story out of him. Spooky and clever and even a little bit romantic, with some gorgeous work from new-to-Who director Jamie Payne, this one is finished. No, hang on, it isn’t. We’ve got a shot to pick up. Damn! Damn!!


Watch the 2013 series trailer here:

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Published on January 08, 2013 15:55 • 60 views

Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil, Inkheart, Love Actually, Eragon) has been cast to play Luther’s new love interest in series three of Neil Cross’s critically acclaimed drama series, which began filming in November.


Luther is back under intense pressure, with two conflicting crimes to investigate and a ruthless ex-copper determined to bring him down.


Luther’s life is his job; that is, until love crosses his path and offers him a chance of happiness. Guillory plays Mary, who works in a vintage clothes shop. She meets Luther in a chance encounter.


Guillory says: “You realise why Luther is so good when you read Neil Cross’s scripts, and then you meet Idris and understand what ‘untamed’ means. There is no other set I’d rather be on, and I love the disastrous fun of being Mary Day, the right girl in the wrong place.”


Idris Elba, playing Luther, adds: “I want to thank the fans for waiting so patiently for the new season. We’re thrilled to deliver it to you. Here comes John!”


Warren Brown (Good Cop) returns as DS Justin ‘Ripley’, Nikki Amuka-Bird as DS Erin Gray, Dermot Crowley as DSU Martin Schenk and Michael Smiley as Benny Deadhead. Further guest stars include Lucian Msamati (Game of Thrones) and Ned Dennehy (Parade’s End, Tyrannosaur).


The third series of Luther is a 4 x 60-minute series for transmission on BBC One in 2013. Luther is a BBC and BBC America co-production distributed by BBC Worldwide.


Luther was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning and Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One. The BBC Executive producer is Phillippa Giles and the producer is Claire Bennett.


(BBC Media Centre)


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Published on January 08, 2013 15:10 • 73 views

September 15, 2012

Universal has released the trailer for Mama, the horror movie executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, scripted by Neil, and starring Jessica Chastain and Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.


The film is schedule for release in January 2013. The trailer can be viewed on the official Mama website, Apple iTunes, or YouTube:



Mama the movie expands on director Andy Muschietti’s terrifying 2008 Spanish-language short. Neil rewrote an original script by Andy and Barbara Muschietti.


Read more about Mama and watch the original short here.

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Published on September 15, 2012 23:09 • 83 views

September 1, 2012

TV show-inspired tale scoops the 2012 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

A BOOK that tells the gripping story behind a critically acclaimed television character’s fall from grace has scooped New Zealand’s crime writing award for 2012. Wellington-based novelist and screenwriter Neil Cross was announced as the winner of the prestigious Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, for his “unflinching, brutal, and brilliant” book Luther: The Calling, at the conclusion of the lively Great New Zealand Crime Debate event at the Christchurch Writers Festival on Saturday, 1 September.


“DCI John Luther, wonderfully played onscreen in the BBC series by Idris Elba, is one of the most compelling characters to hit television screens in recent memory, but Neil Cross adds even more layers and intrigue to the hulking, volatile policeman in Luther: The Calling,” said Judging Convenor Craig Sisterson. “While screen adaptations from popular books are relatively common, the reverse is rare – usually for good reason. Luther: The Calling, however, is a magnificent tale, tautly written yet lyrical, a prequel that hurls readers onto a dark and traumatic rollercoaster that reveals how Luther found himself standing on a precipice at the beginning of the TV show’s first season.”


It was a tough decision for the international judging panel, given the high quality of the finalists and the wider longlist, said Sisterson. “New Zealand authors have produced some truly world class crime, mystery, and thriller novels in the past year. Crime writing certainly seems to be experiencing something of a renaissance here, as readers, publishers, critics, and others begin to realise and appreciate the quality crime writers we have on these shores.”


It was a case of third time’s the charm for Cross, the British-born writer who writes his novels, as well as a variety of projects for British and American film and television, from his suburban Wellington home. Previously a finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Award in both 2010 and 2011, he finally got his hands on the distinctive Gina Ferguson-designed and sculpted trophy, which depicts Dame Ngaio’s visage on an open book, following Saturday night’s event.


The judging panel, consisting of crime fiction experts – authors, publishers, reviewers, and event organisers – from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and New Zealand, said Luther: The Calling was “outstanding” and “a stand-out novel”. One international judge didn’t think a prequel could possibly stand on its own, but “was very pleasantly surprised”, noting Cross’s “writing, plotting, and voice” was so strong that “he could write a fresh, new book” based on a well-known TV character. Luther: The Calling is “a superbly crafted, brilliant stand-alone novel”, said another judge. Cross creates “such real, credible characters, a complex plot, with brilliant dialogue,” noted another.


The Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, established in 2010, is named for Dame Ngaio Marsh, who is renowned worldwide as one of the four Queens of Crime of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. Dame Ngaio published 32 novels featuring Inspector Roderick Alleyn between 1934 and her death in 1982. With sales in the millions, and her books still in print to this day, Dame Ngaio is one of New Zealand’s most successful authors in history. Dame Ngaio’s closest living relative, John Dacres-Manning, gave his blessing for a New Zealand crime writing award to be named in her honour, saying that “I know Dame Ngaio would be so proud … to know that her name is associated with the award”.


In addition to the handcrafted trophy, Cross wins a full set of Dame Ngaio’s novels, courtesy of HarperCollins, and a cheque for $1,000 from the Christchurch Writers Festival Trust.

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Published on September 01, 2012 03:20 • 85 views

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