Paramount Network Orders ‘Sexy Beast’ Prequel Series
The US Paramount Network today handed a 10-episode 1st Season order to ‘Sexy Beast‘, a series adaptation from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content based on the critically-acclaimed and award-winning feature film.
‘Sexy Beast’, the series, tells the origin story of Gal Dove, a brilliant thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s. The series will explore the early days of Gal’s complicated relationship with Don Logan, a vicious gangster with whom Gal forms a partnership, the beginnings of his association with criminal mastermind Teddy Bass and how Gal met and fell in love with DeeDee, an adult film star who would become his wife.
Michael Caleo (‘The Sopranos’) is set to write and executive produce the series. Karyn Kusama (‘Destroyer’) is directing and executive producing through her company, Familystyle, which is also comprised of Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (‘Destroyer’), who will also serve as executive producers on the show. Also serving as executive producers are Louis Mellis and David Scinto, the original screenwriters of the film ‘Sexy Beast’.
“We’re thrilled Sexy Beast is joining our robust scripted slate of originals. We were impressed with Michael Caleo’s craft of the prequel, bringing these strong characters back to life for TV audiences, and with the exceptional style Karyn Kusama plans to bring to this series,” commented Keith Cox, President, Development and Production, Paramount Network and TV Land. “We’re also honoured to team with our sister studio Paramount Television in collaborating on this exciting project.”
The original film starred Ray Winstone in the role of the retired Gal Dove who visited by the aggressive, and somewhat psychotic, gangster Don Logan, played Ben Kingsley, who demands he accept a heist job. The movie also starred Ian McShane and Amanda Redman.
“Sexy Beast is a cult classic because of its unique tone and style,” adds Nicole Clemens, President of Paramount Television, and the Partners of Anonymous Content. “Mike Caleo has managed to capture that brilliance that we’ve loved for so long. His excellent script attracted Karyn Kusama, whose work has the same intersection of intensity and style that was beloved in the film. We’re so lucky to be collaborating with her. This is also our second project with Paramount Network and we’re thrilled to continue this synergistic relationship.”
The new series of ‘Sexy Beast‘ will air on Paramount Network in the US. Whilst we do have a channel called Paramount Network in the UK, they are entirely separate entities, so it does not mean it’ll air on that channel over here. We’ll have to wait and see if and when it gets picked up. We’ll let you know more.
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