Kenneth Branagh will star in, and produce, “A Gentleman in Moscow,” the TV adaptation of Amor Towles’ novel.
Entertainment One will produce and Tom Harper (“Peaky Blinders") will direct the series, which is set in Russia, starts in the 1920s and spans 30 years. It tells the story of a man ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. Branagh will play the lead, Count Alexander Rostov.
“Ken is a world-class talent celebrated for portraying captivating and layered characters, and Tom is a master at crafting gripping and thought-provoking television,” said Mark Gordon, eOne’s president and chief content officer, film, television, and digital.
Branagh and Gordon recently worked together on the “Murder on the Orient Express” feature film, and have also worked together on “Warm Springs” for HBO and Disney’s “Swing Kids.”
Harper will produce the series, alongside Xavier Marchand of Moonriver Content. “’A Gentleman in Moscow’ is a life-affirming book full of humour and charm that brings together the profound, the political and the personal,” Harper said. “I am thrilled to be working with Ken, whose masterful talent will allow us to bring this extraordinary story to life
Fox Networks Group Renews Spy Thriller ‘Deep State’ For Second Season Ahead Of Debut
Deep State, the Mark Strong-fronted spy thriller, has been renewed for a second season ahead of its debut bow. Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe & Africa has ordered a second run of eight episodes as the show kicks off this evening, April 5 in 50 markets across the region.
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The series was created by Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan, who also served as executive producers. Midnight Radio’s Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Josh Appelbaum, and André Nemec also executive produced.
Pinkner said in a statement, “We’re super proud of the show we made — and very proud that it found an audience of very passionate fans, for many of whom it became an important personal touchstone: either reflecting their current life, or an echo of their own teenage years. We are grateful to Netflix for the opportunity, but are very disheartened we won’t be continuing to tell these stories.”
The series received mixed reviews from critics, with the show currently holding a 69% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But many critics praised the show’s representation of LGBT youth.
USA Network orders four pilots, including drama set in Jason Bourne universe.
The project explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone, a covert operation that uses behaviour modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins. Jason Bourne, the central character in Universal Pictures’ “Bourne” film franchise, was a product of the program. The series follows new sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions. “Heroes” creator Tim Kring serves as the writer and executive producer.
Based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name, the series follows Allegra Dill, a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered by a car bomb. What begins as a search for a killer turns into a fight to bring the corrupt hometown Allegra thought she left behind to its knees. Andy Greenwald serves as writer and executive producer, with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail also executive producing through his production company, Esmail Corp. A
Based on the novel of the same name by Megan Abbott, the series dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading in a small Midwestern town through the eyes of two best friends after a new coach arrives to bring their team to prominence. Abbott serves as writer and executive producer along with Gina Fattore.
Denis Leary co-created and will star in this dark comedy as Donal O’Neal, a dirty ex-cop who decides to do the right thing and bring down his complicit superior officers. But his best weapon in this battle, a photographic memory, is suddenly compromised by symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Donal must now race against time to repair the damage he’s done to his estranged family while trying to avoid being killed by his enemies.
Forest Whitaker to star in new crime drama series the Godfather of Harlem
Epix has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to crime drama Godfather of Harlem, with Forest Whitaker attached to star and executive produce. The series hails from Narcos creator Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein, and ABC Signature Studios.
Written and executive produced by Brancato and Eckstein, Godfather of Harlem tells the true story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighbourhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.
Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi executive produce via Whitaker’s Significant Productions, along with Eckstein, James Acheson and Markuann Smith. Brancato will serve as showrunner.
Production is slated to begin later this year with an eye towards a 2019 premiere on Epix
Katee Sackhoff to play an astronaut in Netflix straight-to-series drama "Another Life"
The 'Battlestar Galactica' favourite is returning to the sci-fi genre after Western 'Longmire.' Katee Sackhoff is returning to space (and Netflix).
The Battlestar Galactica alum has been tapped to star in space drama Another Life, which has been ordered straight-to-series at Netflix.
The 10-episode drama revolves around astronaut Niko Breckenridge (Sackhoff), who leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artefact. As she and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.
The drama hails from Halfire Entertainment, marking the company's second series at Netflix following Alias Grace. Aaron Martin (Saving Hope, Degrassi: The Next Generation) created the series and serves as showrunner. Halfire's Noreen Halpern (Rookie Blue, Alias Grace, Haven) will also exec produce the series.
Another Life marks Sackhoff's return to the sci-fi genre following her breakout role on Syfy's Battlestar Galactica on which she played fan-favorite Starbuck for four seasons. Another Life also serves as Sackhoff's return to Netflix, which rescued former A&E Western drama Longmire for its final three seasons.
Santa Clarita Diet renewed for a 3rd season by Netflix.
Fox orders drama ‘The Passage’ to series
Based on author Justin Cronin’s best‐selling book trilogy of the same name, the one-hour drama is described as an epic, character‐driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race. It focuses on a 10‐year‐old girl named Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney), who is chosen to be a test subject for this experiment, and Brad Wolgast (Mark‐Paul Gosselaar), the federal agent who becomes her surrogate father as he tries to protect her.