Off the back of the incredible impact of Harlan Coben‘s Fool Me Once on Netflix, which was set and filmed in Manchester with Quay Street Productions, Prime Video has announced that it has ordered Harlan Coben psychological mystery thriller Lazarus (working title) as a limited series, in collaboration with the Manchester production company.
Based on an original story idea and written by the New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben and BAFTA-winner Danny Brocklehurst, Lazarus follows a man who returns home after his father’s suicide and begins to have disturbing experiences that can’t be explained. He quickly becomes entangled in a series of cold-case murders as he grapples with the mystery of his father’s death and his sister’s murder 25 years ago.
Sam Claflin (Daisy Jones & The Six), who serves as executive producer, has been cast as Laz, a well-respected forensic psychologist who has spent his whole life running from the pain of his past. It is only now when he returns home that he is forced to finally face up to it.
Psychologist and father to Laz, Jenna and Sutton, Doctor Lazarus (Dr L) will be played by Bill Nighy (Living). A beloved figure within his community, he shares his son’s charm, dry humour, and charisma, and in death, he wants his son to understand that they are more similar than Laz thinks.
Alexandra Roach (Killing Eve) has been cast as Jenna Lazarus. Since her sister’s murder Jenna has buried herself in a world of spiritual practice but now when her brother returns home and starts experiencing unexplained phenomena, she is forced to confront secrets from her own past.
Harlan Coben, writer and executive producer, said: “Do I have to say more than the names Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, and Alexandra Roach to express my excitement about this limited series? Lazarus is a story of loss, redemption — and the eternal bond between a parent and a child, even after death.
“It is never anything less than a thrill to team up again with Danny Brocklehurst and Quay Street Productions.”
Danny Brocklehurst, writer and executive producer, added: “Lazarus is a psychological thriller with an emotional spine. It’s about fathers and sons, love and loss. We have attempted to bring our trademark wit and warmth as well as twists galore.
“This is the first collaboration the team at Quay Street, Harlan and myself have done with Amazon and we are delighted to be partnering with them.”
Lazarus is set to stream exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide, and of course, we’ll keep you updated on any developments.