Greenlight: Knight to adapt Dickens; FX lines up Heist 88; Netflix tackles Sex Education
No humbug here; creative team behind Taboo to take on Charles Dickens
Steven Knight, showrunner of Peaky Blinders, will be reuniting with Tom Hardy (Venom) and Ridley Scott (All the Money in the World) to adapt the work of Charles Dickens for the BBC. The first instalment, a three-part adaptation of A Christmas Carol, is due to arrive in time for the festive season next year. The creative threesome previously teamed up on BBC/FX drama Taboo, created by Knight in collaboration with Hardy and his dad.
Looks like we’re not in Kansas anymore; Netflix grabs a fantasy flick
Netflix has bought an untitled feature pitch from Oscar-winning animation director Patrick Osborne (Feast), to be penned by Emma Needell (The Water Man). Anonymous Content are producing the fantasy flick, following a young boy who uses dreams to break free from reality, said to be in the vein of The Jungle Book and The Wizard of Oz.
Courtney B. Vance to return to the heart of crime drama with Heist 88
Emmy-winning actor Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story) is headed back into the heart of crime drama with FX’s Heist 88, based on the true story of Armand Moore. Dwayne Johnson-Cochran (Be Known) is writing, with CSI: NY showrunner Pam Veasey attached to shepard the series. The story, set in Chicago, follows four young African-Americans who take down the banking wire system.
How you doin’? Matt LeBlanc is a Man with a Plan, and donuts too?
CBS has ordered a full second season of Man with a Plan, starring Matt LeBlanc in the lead, after the season two premiere delivered 6.7 million viewers. Superior Donuts has also been given a complete second season helping. Both shows are part of an attempt by the network to branch out of The Big Bang Theory re-orders and spin-offs.
Netflix and chill? Streaming giant snags coming-of-age dramedy Sex Education
Netflix has scooped up Sex Education, a teen dramedy following a high school virgin living with her sex therapist mother. The series comes from Eleven Film, the Channel 4-backed production company, and is expected to debut on the streaming platform in 2019. Catastrophe’s Ben Taylor is in line to direct, with Eleven’s co-founders Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson on board to produce the series.
Murdock and Fisk have competition in season 3 of Netflix’s Daredevil
Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie) has been cast in season three of Netflix’s Daredevil, having signed on to star as an FBI agent caught between Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). The full extent of his role is held under wraps, with the series due to start filming soon.
The greatest gift; Mr. Rogers documentary picked up for distribution
Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary following the life of childhood TV icon Fred Rogers. The doc, directed by Morgan Neville (Johnny Cash’s America), is due for release on June 8, 2018.