Ringside Studios, the drama indie founded by producer Gub Neal (The Fall, Queer as Folk) and French media company and distributor Newen, and Andy Starke from Anti-Worlds Film & Television have optioned the TV rights to JG Ballard’s thriller Super-Cannes.

Super-Cannes will be adapted as a limited series for TV and be directed by Canadian director and screenwriter Brandon Cronenberg.

Super-Cannes is set in an ultra-modern high tech business park in the hills above Cannes, where a global elite has gathered to form a closed, uber-capitalist, and high-tech community. A place of luxury homes, private doctors, and private security, this enclave hides an underworld of crime, sexual perversion, madness and manipulation that is rapidly spiralling out of control.

Gub Neal said: “We’re delighted to be involved with Brandon and Andy in adapting such an iconic piece of work. The source material is so rich and the characters so vivid that we are confident it will be an appealing project for both talent and buyers.”

Brandon Cronenberg said: “Super-Cannes was an incredibly prescient novel that is more relevant now than ever — a heady blend of cutting politics and deviant psychology, built around a deeply satisfying detective story. I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to adapt it, and to be working on the series with Anti-Worlds and Ringside.”

Andy Starke said: “Super-Cannes is one of my favourite novels – a thrilling story that holds a dark mirror to contemporary society and morality  – in the hands of Brandon Cronenberg it will be an incredible piece of television”

JG Ballard’s estate is represented by UK agency Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.


Jon Creamer

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