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Cannes– EuropaCorp TV, the television division of Luc Besson’s powerhouse, is developing several ambitious, high-concept French and U.S. drama series, including the French adaptation of Britain’s “Doctor Foster” and the new U.S. series “The French Detective.”
“Doctor Foster” is a hit BBC One thriller drama series about a woman who suspects her husband of having an affair and starts investigating, which propels her into a downward spiral. Helene Duchateau and Baptiste Filleul are co-writing the French adaptation, which is being co-produced by BBC France. TF1 is co-developing the six-episode series. BBC Worldwide will handle international sales.
“The best thing about this show is the fact that’s a true genre-bender. It’s not just another show about adultery; it’s a thriller, a mystery and a drama,” said Thomas Anargyros, the Paris-based president and CEO of EuropaCorp TV. Anargyros said the adaptation would closely follow the original but would have a “French flavor »
- Elsa Keslassy
Poor, simple Benjamin (Logan Miller). All he wanted was for Carol (Melissa McBride) to teach him how to properly kill walkers. Instead, he died because of a scheme Rube Goldberg would have thought too complicated, thanks to Richard’s (Karl Makinen) utter inability to account for the unpredictability of the Saviors. Benjamin’s death awakened what Lennie James calls “Wilderness Morgan” — that uncaring void of a man we saw way back in Season 3’s “Clear” — and set Morgan back on the killing path. James called up Variety to talk about whether Wilderness Morgan is here to stay, and what his future might be on the show now that he has a series for Britain’s Sky Atlantic in the works.
The way in which Morgan killed Richard is incredibly shrewd. Was »
- Oriana Schwindt
“Gone” will be directed by Nick Murphy and is produced by World Productions (“Line of Duty”). Suranne Jones and Stephen Graham co-star. James is currently starring in “The Walking Dead’s” seventh season on AMC, which is on its mid-season hiatus. Graham can be seen in “Taboo,” alongside Tom Hardy, on BBC One in Britain and on FX in the U.S.
Set on a southeast London housing estate, “Gone” tells the story of Nelson “Nelly” Rowe, a charmer and chancer who is the life and soul of his local bar. When he is falsely accused of a terrible crime, he determines to clear his name and find the real perpetrator. The journey makes him confront his careless past but also offers a chance for »
- Robert Mitchell
Sky has commissioned Gone, a new production created and written by The Walking Dead's Lennie James and directed by Nick Murphy (Occupation, The Last Kingdom). James, who also wrote drama Storm Damage, stars in the series with Stephen Graham and Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster). Story follows Nelson Rowe (James) – a man who likes a drink and whose days are bookended by his first can and his last pint. He lives with whichever woman he happens to be sleeping with at the time… »
4 items from 2017
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