FX Channel Developing Female Serial Killer Show Heartsick

Heartsick Novel CoverShowtime has “Dexter”, their “serial killer as anti-hero” show, and now it looks like the FX Channel wants to do likewise with a new character — except this one is female and based on the novel “Heartsick” by Chelsea Cain.

“Heartsick” is the first of three novels by Cain that focuses on female serial killer Gretchen Lowell and her strange relationship with a “damaged” Portland Detective name Archie Sheridan. Well, you’d have to be “damaged” to even have a relationship with a serial killer, right?

More on “Heartsick” (via Amazon):

Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind—addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. Archie’s a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she’s right. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows the truth—he can’t stay away.

When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. A hungry young newspaper reporter, Susan Ward, begins profiling Archie and the investigation, which sparks a deadly game between Archie, Susan, the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and for all. Either way, Heartsick makes for one of the most extraordinary suspense debuts in recent memory.

Definitely sounds like a reverse-“Silence of the Lambs” there, moreso than the “Dexter” comparisons. Interesting that NBC is also developing basically the same premise, based on the Thomas Harris character Hannibal Lecter aka Hannibal the Cannibal.

Geyer Kosinski, who has “Magic City” on the Starz Channel, will develop the property for the boundary-pushing basic cable network.

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Via : Deadline