Sky & HBO Team Up For ‘The Third Day’ Limited Series Starring Jude Law

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12 Jun 19

Sky & HBO Team Up For ‘The Third Day’ Limited Series Starring Jude Law

After the huge success of the Sky/HBO partnership on the critically-acclaimed (and sure to be award-winning) ‘Chernobyl’, the broadcasters are teaming up once again for new limited series The Third Day starring Jude Law.

Law stars as Sam, who after being drawn to a mysterious Island off the British Coast, is thrown into the unusual world of its secretive inhabitants. Isolated from the mainland, the rituals of the island begin to overwhelm him, and he is confronted by a trauma from his past. As the line between reality and fantasy blurs, Sam finds himself immersed in an emotional quest which puts him at odds with the islanders and begins to threaten their way of life.

‘The Third Day’ is the first original drama to be produced by Sky’s newly-formed production house, Sky Studios, in partnership with Plan B Entertainment, the world-renowned immersive theatre company Punchdrunk International and writer Dennis Kelly (‘Utopia’, ‘Pulling’). The series will be directed by BAFTA Award-winner Marc Munden (‘National Treasure’, ‘Utopia’) and will be produced by Adrian Sturges (‘Chimerica’, ‘The Enfield Haunting’). Kit de Waal and Dean O’Loughlin are also writers for the series.

“Sky Studios is delighted to be partnering with Plan B, Punchdrunk International and HBO on this exciting series,” commented Cameron Roach, Director of Drama and Sky Studios, Sky UK. “The Third Day is the result of the intoxicating combined imaginations of Dennis Kelly and Punchdrunk International’s Felix Barrett and have resulted in astonishing scripts. To see them brought to life under the direction of Marc Munden and with Jude Law at the helm of what promises to be a world-class cast, is an incredibly exciting prospect.”

This is the latest high profile dramas and comedies coming from a Sky/HBO co-production, who also produces the upcoming ‘Catherine the Great’ starring Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren which premieres later this year. Other upcoming Sky originals include ‘Temple’ starring Mark Strong, and comedy ‘Brassic’, written by and starring Joe Gilgun and Michelle Keegan, as well as a second series of ‘In the Long Run’ created by and starring Idris Elba. In addition to the Sky/HBO deal, the formation of Sky Studios, with the backing of new owners Comcast, means production on Sky Original dramas is set to double in the next five years.

Production will start on The Third Day in the UK in July 2019 and the limited series will air in the UK and Ireland next year on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV, and in the US on HBO.