When Luke Jennings’ 2018 novel “Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle” was optioned for a TV series, the British writer was given a list of potential scriptwriters to adapt his story about a witty, glamorous assassin who becomes obsessed with the MI-5 agent assigned to take her out. One name jumped out at him: Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
“I saw her [play] ‘Fleabag’ in the Edinburgh Festival. It was so great and I thought it would be appropriate if there was a woman as a showrunner,” says Jennings, 66. “I sort of ambushed her after the show and we spent the rest of the day talking. I very much trusted her instinct about the characters.”
Waller-Bridge, of course, went on to great success with BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” collecting nominations and awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and series stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer were both nominated for Emmys last week.
But Jennings was involved in the series behind the scenes in the writers room, on the set and in the casting process.