Disney+ is adapting CJ Sansom’s detective Shardlake novels

According to DeadlineDisney+ is currently developing a series adaptation of CJ Sansom’s bestselling Detective Shardlake crime series.

It centers around hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake, who works as a detective under the Tudor government. The adaptation will be directed by Justin Chadwick, who is no stranger to Tudor-centric projects, having previously worked on Starz’s Becoming Elizabeth series and the acclaimed film The other Boleyn girl.

The serialization with the working title on Shardlake is set to start production in the UK sometime this year. It comes from The Forge, who reunites with Chadwick after working together on Becoming Elizabeth.

Sansom’s Shardlake novel series currently consists of seven stories, incl Resolution (2003), Dark fire (2004), superb (2006), Epiphany (2008), Heart stone (2010), Lament (2014), and Tombland (2018), along with the forthcoming Ratcliffe which is set to launch in August 2023. Throughout the series, Shardlake will work with historical figures including Queen Catherine Parr and Princess Elizabeth.

The first novel revolves around Dr. Matthew Shardlake, a barrister who becomes an unlikely detective after being commissioned by Tudor powerbroker Thomas Cromwell. He investigates the beheading of Commissioner Robin Singleton, who dissolved monasteries following Henry VIII’s declaration as head of the Church of England.

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