STUDIOCANAL has commissioned espionage thriller Europa from the team behind Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Europa is based on the Fractured Europe Sequence series of novels by author Dave Hutchinson.
Produced by Seven Stories and executive producers Anand Tucker, Colleen Woodcock, Robyn Slovo, Peter Straughan and Tomas Alfredson. Europa reunites Studiocanal with writer Peter Straughan, director Tomas Alfredson, and producer Slovo following their collaboration on Academy Award nominated and BAFTA winning production Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
The 8 x 1 hour series is written by Peter Straughan (Wolf Hall, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) executive producers are Anand Tucker (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Red Riding), Colleen Woodcock (The Iron Lady), and Robyn Slovo (Mc Mafia, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
The rights deal for the book was brokered by Luke Speed of Curtis Brown Group on behalf of Alexander Cochran of C&W Agency.
Writer Peter Straughan comments “I am thrilled to be adapting Dave Hutchinson’s brilliant blend of sci-fi and spies to the screen, especially as it involves working once more with the wonderful Tomas Alfredson.”
Director Tomas Alfredson comments “I am thrilled to be reunited with Peter Straughan and STUDIOCANAL on EUROPA. EUROPA is a unique blend of classic spy novel and mind-bending science fiction. Set in the not too distant future, in a world that for the most part looks and feels very much like our world today, the story offers a rich and thrilling allegory for our contemporary times.”
Executive Producer Anand Tucker adds “EUROPA has been our passion project from the inception of Seven Stories, and we are thrilled to have the dream team of Straughan, Alfredson, Slovo and STUDIOCANAL reunited to bring this amazing story to the world.”
STUDIOCANAL EVP Global Production Ron Halpern expands “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a film all of us at STUDIOCANAL are so proud to have been a part of. We had been hoping for many years to find the right project to work together again on with Peter and Tomas. We have now found it in the series adaptation of Dave Hutchinson’s terrific near future espionage thrillers. We really could not be happier than to work with Peter and Tomas again and look forward to partnering with Anand, Robyn and Colleen to bring their vision to the world.”
Anne Chérel, STUDIOCANAL EVP Global Sales and Distribution concludes “With such an experienced and accomplished team of creatives across every aspect of production we are extremely excited to have this stand-out project available to offer our clients around the world. EUROPA is set to be one of the most daring TV series produced this year – an essential thriller for our times.”