Hulu is developing a new Irish dark comedy-crime drama titled “Obituary.” APC Studios UK and Irish independent production company Tua Films (aka Magamedia) are co-producing the series which will release exclusively in the United States on Hulu and on RTÉ in Ireland.
According to Deadline, Irish TV and theatre actress Siobhán Cullen (The Dry, The Long Call) stars as Elvira Clancy, an obituarist working at a small-town newspaper, who suddenly finds herself being paid by the obituary due to cuts.
When she “accidentally” kills a nasty piece of work, she discovers she might have an untapped bloodlust, and sets her sights on other unpleasant residents of the town. Her killing spree hits a potential snag when the paper hires an attractive crime correspondent.
The six-part series is written by Irish scriptwriter Ray Lawlor (Le Ceangal), directed by John Hayes (Dublin Murders, Bancroft) and produced by Nell Green (The Outfit, The Undeclared War).
APC Studios’ Laurent Boissel and Magamedia’s Paddy Hayes are executive producers of the series which is being made in association with Fís Éireann/ Screen Ireland, BAI and The Wrap Fund.
APC Studios’ Laurent Boissel and Magamedia’s Paddy Hayes said in a joint statement:
“It has been a blast pitching this wonderful high-concept drama to various funders and broadcast partners over the past few years — an obituarist who resorts to murder to stay in a job. We’re genuinely thrilled that Hulu and RTE are already on board and it’s super exciting to be bringing it into production now in the West of Ireland.”
“Obituary” goes into production in Ireland in 2023 and will exclusively premiere on Hulu in the U.S. later that year. Disney+ international release date details have not been announced yet.