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Detective Kassie Kasselman races to dismantle a dangerous rhino horn smuggling syndicate in the thrilling crime drama series ‘Endangered,’ based on Rudie Van Rensburg’s novel ‘Piranha.’


Johannesburg, South Africa (20 September 2023) – In an exciting development for the world of literature and television, Strong Global Entertainment Inc’s subsidiary, Strong Studios, Inc., has teamed up with Convergent Media, UK’s ForLan Films, and M-Net to bring to life the gripping crime drama series, “Endangered.”

This series is based on one of the best-selling novels by renowned South African crime writer Rudie van Rensburg, titled “Piranha.”

What makes this news even more thrilling is that “Endangered” promises to shine a spotlight on the critical issue of rhino poaching, an urgent problem that demands global attention. The story revolves around Montgomery Smith, a wealthy Englishman living in exile, who operates a dangerous syndicate smuggling Africa’s White Gold – the endangered rhino horn. Enter the legendary veteran detective Captain Kassie Kasselman, who embarks on a relentless pursuit of Smith, spanning from the Cape ganglands to the Kruger National Parks and all the way to Pretoria, South Africa’s bustling political capital. Kassie’s mission is to unravel the mystery and dismantle Smith’s criminal empire of gangs and poachers. “Endangered” is more than just a crime thriller; it offers a snapshot of a country that lives by the mantra: adapt or die.

The creative forces behind this project are nothing short of extraordinary. Two-time BAFTA award-winner Stuart Urban, known for his work on “The Mystery of Suzy Lamplugh” and “The Secret,” will be directing the series. Accompanying him is screenwriter Jake Riddell, whose credits include “Reyka,” “Grantchester,” “London Kills,” and “Death in Paradise.” Together, they are set to craft a compelling six-part limited series that promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Rudie Van Rensburg, the author of the original novel, expressed his delight at the production of “Endangered,” saying, “While researching rhino poaching, I became increasingly aware of how serious of a problem it is. It’s a great honour to have such renowned filmmakers helming the production of Endangered, and I’m delighted that this issue will be brought to the attention of a wider audience.”

The filming is expected to commence in early 2024 in South Africa, adding authenticity to the series’ portrayal of the breathtaking African landscape.

Rudie Van Rensburg's Book Inspires Gripping Crime Drama Series!
Photo Cred: Rudie Van Rensburg

“Endangered” will be produced by ForLan Films’ Emmy Award-winning producer Steve Lanning, Jake Lanning, and Advantage Entertainment’s Vlokkie Gordon, along with the involvement of Strong Global Entertainment, Convergent Media, and M-Net. Strong Studios and Convergent Media will oversee global distribution, ensuring that this gripping tale reaches audiences worldwide.

David Ozer, President of Strong Studios, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Endangered has all the facets lining up to produce a global binge-worthy hit!” Indeed, with its thrilling narrative and vital message about rhino poaching, “Endangered” is poised to captivate a diverse international audience.

Dan Reardon from Convergent Media emphasized the series’ unique blend of fast-paced storytelling and real-world issues, making it appealing to a broad range of viewers around the world.

Steve Lanning and Jake Lanning from ForLan Films shared their excitement about bringing Rudie’s captivating story and its compelling characters to a global audience, emphasizing the importance of shedding light on the criminal elements that exploit Africa.

Georginah Machiridza, Executive Head of General Entertainment at Multichoice, highlighted the project’s significance as a co-production that addresses a pressing global concern. “Endangered” is not only set to deliver gripping storytelling but also make a positive impact on a global scale.

As “Endangered” takes shape, it promises to be an exceptional addition to the world of crime drama, combining thrilling storytelling with a powerful message about the urgent need to protect Africa’s rhinos. Rudie Van Rensburg’s “Piranha” is set to make waves on television screens worldwide, proving that good stories can drive positive change and inspire action. Stay tuned for this remarkable series, and let’s join in raising awareness about the critical issue of rhino poaching.

Sources: DSTv Press Release 
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