ViacomCBS’s streaming service, Paramount+, has ordered two new UK dramas as part of its initial slate of six international scripted original series.
The initial slate is part of the streamer’s plans to greenlight 50 new international scripted originals in 2022.
Nearly all of the international titles will be developed and produced for Paramount+ by VIS, ViacomCBS’ international studio.
The UK-produced shows are A Gentleman in Moscow, based on the best-selling novel by Amor Towles that tells the story of Count Rostov who, in 1922, finds himself stuck in Moscow and on the wrong side of history. The Communist Party agrees to let him live but he is never allowed to set foot outside the Metropole Hotel until the day he dies. Co-produced by VIS and eOne. Also commissioned is Sexy Beast. The prequel series, based on the hit cult classic film of the same name, begins with Gal Dove and Don Logan just as they descend into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s. At its core, this is a love story between two men — à la Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In association with VIS, produced by Chapter One, with showrunner Michael Caleo (The Sopranos).
Also on the slate are Simon Beckett’s The Chemistry of Death (Germany); Los Enviados (The Envoys) – Season 2 (Mexico); Cecilia – Season 2 (Mexico) and Yonder (South Korea).
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