9 items from 2015
A new sci-fi thriller is in the works for BBC Two, based on China Miéville's novel The City & the City.
The book, which will be turned into four episodes by Poldark and Parade's End producer Mammoth Screen, follows Inspector Tyador Borlú who investigates the discovery of a foreign student's mutilated body on wasteland in the city of Besźel.
His searches lead to the revelation the dead girl was involved in so-called "political turmoil" between Besźel and neighbouring twin city Ul Qoma, with no-one allowed to see anyone from the other city and the borders between the cities patrolled.
To solve the mystery, Borlú must deal with violent deaths around him and cross the borders.
Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC Two who commissioned the adaptation, said: "I want BBC Two to give writers and directors the space to do their most creative, signature work and I'm thrilled to be announcing an adaptation of China Miéville's novel, »
Law will play Pius Xiii who is a fictional American pope who becomes the most conservative leader the Catholic Church has ever seen.
Stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers yet full of compassion toward the weak and poor, he faces the prospect of losing those closest to him - even his God.
Keaton will play Sister Mary, a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City. The project marks the first-ever TV series from Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino who will co-write all the episodes with Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli.
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- Garth Franklin
The Young Pope
Jude Law is set to star in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's TV series "The Young Pope" at HBO, Sky and Canal Plus. The story deals with an imaginary conservative American pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history and has been recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals. Trouble is, they're not ready for how hard-line he is.
Production on the eight-episode series is set to begin this summer with filming to take place predominantly in Italy with additional locations in the United States, Africa and Puerto Rico. Sorrentino will helm all eight episodes and penned the scripts with the help of Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli. [Source: Variety]
The Belko Experiment
John Gallagher ("The Newsroom") is set to star in Greg McLean's thriller "The Belko Experiment" at MGM Studios. James Gunn will produce and penned the script with filming to begin shortly in Bogota, »
- Garth Franklin
It’s official: Jude Law will become the latest A-lister to head to the small screen, with news that he’s signed on to topline Paolo Sorrentino’s first-ever television series The Young Pope. Confirmation of Law’s involvement coincides with HBO picking up the show for broadcast in the U.S.
Law will portray a fictional American pope named Lenny Belardo who, upon being selected as the next leader of the Catholic Church, reveals himself to be the most conservative one in the history of the faith. Even the Vatican’s most prominent figures are not prepared for many of the hard-line policies Belardo sets out to implement. The series will take place in both the U.S. and the Vatican. Its timing is intriguing, given that the real-life Pope Francis is widely considered to be one of the most modern and liberal leaders the Church has had in many years. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Jude Law is reportedly in advanced negotiations to play the lead role in Italian Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s high-concept TV series, working-titled “The Young Pope,” about an imaginary pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history.
Italian media is abuzz with unconfirmed news that Sorrentino has found his pope and Law is on board. Wildside, the Italian shingle that is producing the skein, has issed a “no comment.”
Law would play a hard-line conservative American pontiff recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals, co-scribe Tony Grisoni recently told Variety. “No one, even at the Vatican, is prepared for how hard-line this American pope really is,” he said.
- Nick Vivarelli
Goteborg: Left Bank CEO Andy Harries and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer Tony Grisoni revealed details about upcoming projects during keynotes at TV Drama Vision, the Gothenburg Film Festival’s TV event.
“I’m writing a single drama for TV, which I hope to direct,” he said.
The London-based writer is also adapting the China Mieville novel The City & The City as “a four-part drama for the BBC.”
British author Mieville’s well-received novel is part ‘weird fiction’, part police procedural, following an inspector’s hunt for the killer of young student.
During his keynote Grisoni spoke candidly about his disagreement with the ‘auteur theory’.
“Film is a social act. I’m a screenwriter so of course I’m against the auteur »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
9 items from 2015
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