Endor Productions, MR Film and Red Arrow Studios International have announced they are making new scripted series Vienna Blood.
Consisting of three feature-length episodes, Vienna Blood, which will be titled Liebermann in Austria and Germany, is adapted by Steve Thompson (Deep State, Jericho, Sherlock) based on the novels by Frank Tallis, and directed by Robert Dornhelm (Anne Frank: The Whole Story) and Umut Dag (Cracks in Concrete).
The series is green-lit and production will begin in October 2018 in Vienna, shooting in English, and stars Matthew Beard (The Imitation Game, And When Did You Last See Your Father?) as central character Max Liebermann, and Juergen Maurer (Vorstadtweiber, Tatort) as Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt. The series also features cast including Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), Jessica De Gouw (Dracula), Luise Von Finckh (Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten) and Charlene McKenna (Ripper Street).
Vienna Blood will be produced by Endor Productions (Deep State, Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot), a Red Arrow Studios company, and MR Film in Austria . Executive producers include Hilary Bevan Jones for Endor, Steve Thompson, and Oliver Auspitz and Andreas Kamm for MR Film.
Red Arrow Studios International, the distribution arm of Red Arrow Studios, has led the co-financing of the series, and will distribute the drama worldwide. Co-production partners on the series include Germany’s ZDF and Austria’s ORF, who will premiere the show in their respective territories, with Wolfgang Feindt as commissioning editor for ZDF and Klaus Lintschinger commissioning editor for ORF. Other funding partners include Televisionfund Austria, TV-Filmfund Vienna and Niederoesterreich Kultur.
The three features will be based on Tallis’ first three books in the ‘Liebermann Papers’ series of novels, and the films will be titled “Vienna Blood: The Last Seance”, “Vienna Blood: The Realm of Night”, and “Vienna Blood: Fatal Lies”.
Producer Hilary Bevan Jones said: “We are delighted to be bringing Frank Tallis’ outstanding novels to life in the historic and beautiful city of Vienna. Having Matthew Beard and Juergen Maurer as our leading actors is the icing on the cake.”
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