Schitt’s Creek alums enter Witness Protection

Annie Murphy
An in-development U.S. film project reunites Annie Murphy with screenwriters Rupinder Gill and David West Read.

Schitt’s Creek alums Annie Murphy and scribes Rupinder Gill and David West Read have unveiled a new U.S. movie project, Witness Protection.

Produced by L.A.-based studio MRC Film and Alloy Entertainment, the in-development comedy is set to star Murphy, who is 10 months removed from winning best supporting actress in a comedy series for Schitt’s Creek (CBC). More recently she starred in AMC’s dark comedy series Kevin Can F**k Himself, and will also star in season two of Netflix’s Russian Doll.

After being developed in-house at Alloy Entertainment, the company worked with Murphy to package Witness Protection and then sell it to MRC Film in a competitive situation, according to a release.

The project reunites Murphy with Schitt’s Creek writers Gill and Read, who will write and executive produce the film about a woman who has always defined herself by her romantic relationships, but, when she is forced to enter witness protection, must try to figure out who she really is for the first time while maintaining her cover and keeping the criminals at bay.

Gill’s recent writing credits include Rutherford FallsThe Sex Lives of College Girls and Indebted, while Read, who executive produced 28 episodes of Schitt’s Creek, is penning a series adaption of M.O. Walsh’s novel The Big Door Prize for Apple.

Murphy is repped by Gersh, Mosaic, GGA, and 42West, Gill by UTA, 3 Arts and Hansen, Jacobson Teller and Read by Gersh.