In an interesting pairing, Martha Marcy May Marlene helmer Sean Durkin will make his British TV debut with Channel 4 drama Southcliffe, based on a script by Tony Grisoni, who wrote the Red Riding trilogy for the net in 2009. Warp Films is producing the four-part Southcliffe to be aired in 2013.

Following a raft of shootings in a fictional English market town, the story is told through the eyes of a journalist and the tragedies’ victims. Grisoni calls it an “anthem to ordinary people’s ability to reinvent themselves in the face of ultimate darkness.” His similarly-themed neo-noir Red Riding crime trilogy achieved cult status in 2009. It was released theatrically by IFC in the U.S.

Durkin, who won the Best Director prize in Sundance with Martha Marcy, is also directing the feature indie, Joplin, next year. The $20M pic looks at the last 6 months in the singer’s career and has Tony-winning actress Nina Arianda lined up to star. Southcliffe‘s cast has yet to be set. Derrin Schlesinger is producing Soutchliffe with Peter Carlton exec producing for Warp Films. Sophie Gardiner exec produces for Channel 4.

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