BBC America has ordered eight episodes of Killing Eve, a spy thriller based on the novella series by Luke Jennings, from Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Sarah Barnett, president of BBC America, stated, “Killing Eve is a brilliantly fresh take on the cat and mouse thriller from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, a major new talent in television. Underneath the deceptively simple and entertaining surface is a subversive, funny, obsessive relationship between two women, that plays out across some of the most and least glamorous locations imaginable.”
According to Deadline:
Killing Eve revolves around Villanelle, a psychopathic assassin, and Eve, the woman charged with hunting her down. Eve is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade security services operative whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle is an elegant, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. The two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse. The series is described as a combination of brutal mischief-making and pathos with sharp humor, originality and high-stakes action.
Waller-Bridge, who received well-deserved critical acclaim for Fleabag, will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Whether or not she will act in the series has yet to be announced.