Jonathan Entwistle, director of The End of the F****ing World, has signed up to direct Civil Blood, a new historical series currently in the latter stages of development with Peaky Blinders producer Caryn Mandabach Productions.

Civil Blood is set in Seventeenth Century England and is an ambitious, epic tale that follows the adventures of a young woman growing up in a time of war.

Described by the producers as ‘a mash-up of coming-of-age story with high-stakes action and world-changing ideas’, the project is written by Cat Clarke and Michael Hirst, and is based on an original idea by Michael Hirst, Dario Poloni and Cat Clarke.

Entwistle developed and directed The End of the F****ing World. He co-created and directed Netflix’s I Am Not Okay with This and was lead director on Apple’s Hello Tomorrow. He is currently attached to a number of high-profile movies including The Karate Kid, written by Rob Lieber.

Hirst’s feature credits include Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett.

YA novelist Clarke has written on Goos Omens and Ten Percent. Her debut feature, shark thriller Something in the Water is expected to be released in cinemas next year.

Entwistle said: “This script has history, heart, family and war – all wrapped up in a punk attitude. This is a period of history not often explored, and certainly not from this point of view. There’s a sense of the American western in this world. At its heart is an iconic lead with a great pop sensibility – someone who thinks that history only happens to other people, until cataclysmic events bring history rushing in to the present.”

CMP Creative Director Jamie Glazebrook added: “Jonathan’s vision is a law unto itself: fresh, vibrant, indelible. From TEOTFW’s Alyssa and James to I’m Not OK’s Sydney Novak, he has an extraordinary knack for creating iconic characters, getting under their skin and projecting them into our imagination. Cat and Michael’s script is provocative, deeply moving and profoundly entertaining. This is such a thoroughly exciting project for us and I’m sure it will be hotly anticipated by the many fans of Jonathan’s, Michael’s and Cat’s work.”

Caryn Mandabach Productions developed and produced six seasons of Peaky Blinders for the BBC and Netflix.


Pippa Considine

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