Sue Grafton’s alphabet novels headed to television
NEWYORK (AP). — The TV adaptation of Sue Grafton’s multimillion-selling Kinsey Millhone mystery novel, which the author once promised she would return from her grave to stop, is in the making.
A+E Studios has announced that it has acquired the rights to Grafton’s alphabet series with titles such as “A Is for Alibi” and “E Is for Evidence.” Grafton died in 2017 after she was unable to write a story for Z.
“Sue Grafton was the ultimate storyteller, who spent decades entertaining people through her rich characters, spellbinding mysteries, and more,” Barry Jossen (president and chief executive officer of A+E Studios) said in a statement. We are proud to continue her legacy and bring these timeless tales to life. We are actively speaking with interested platforms and seeking a showrunner for the series, as well as the perfect actress to embody the coveted lead role of Kinsey Millhone.”
Grafton’s many fans might celebrate the chance to see her work on the screen, and wonder who might play the famed sleuth Millhone. You might also recall a vow she made in 1997,, which recalled her painful experiences with writing for TV movies before she became a novelist.
” I will never sell (Kinsey). My children have also made a promise not to sell her. “They’re going to have to pass the word on to my grandchildren: we don’t sell out our grandma,” she said. “They’re going to have to pass the word on to my grandchildren: we do not sell out our grandma.”
Grafton’s daughter Jamie Clark reaffirmed her mother’s vow when announcing her death four years ago, but the author’s husband and executive producer of the series, Steve Humphrey, says he and the family have agreed that the times — and the medium — have changed.
“Television is a lot more advanced than when Sue was writing in Hollywood in 1980s. She was worried that her characters and stories would be reduced if they were adapt. Humphrey stated that television’s power has changed over time. “But the quality of writing and acting has improved as well as the production values and viewing experience.” Humphrey also shared a statement through A+E.
“I chose A+E Studios to be my partner because they know the importance of Sue’s tone and character. They are committed to working with me to bring Sue’s stories to life in an approach that will delight both existing and new fans.
“Together her children and I believe Sue would bless this decision and would be delighted to see her cherished Alphabet murder series live on and reach millions of new and existing fans around the world.”