SundanceTV announced today its next original scripted series, BABYLON, a co-production with Nightjack Ltd and Channel 4, will debut on Thu., Jan. 8, 2015 at 10/9c. The six-part comedy-drama is a biting workplace satire set inside a modern police force.
A seasoned pro with a childlike sense of wonder somehow unmistakably intact, Danny Boyle’s steady stream of blockbusters belies his reputation as one of modern cinema’s most creative minds. Boyle has succeeded with an incredible range of subjects and styles, from the gritty ’90s drug film to the family-friendly coming-of-age tale, from classic horror to hard sci-fi.
In honor of BABYLON, SundanceTV’s highly anticipated original series from Executive Producer Danny Boyle, the network is featuring an evening-long celebration of the renowned director, including the original long form episode that inspired the SundanceTV Original Series of the same name.
SundanceTV Co-Producing New Scripted Original Series “BABYLON” – Executive Produced by Academy Award Winner Danny Boyle
SundanceTV has announced its next original scripted series BABYLON, which it is co-producing with UK broadcaster Channel 4. The drama is a biting workplace satire set inside a modern police force. The story revolves around an earnest executive who attempts to modernize the culture only to discover her certainties shattered and herself undermined in the murky realpolitik of contemporary policing. The series is executive produced by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting) and stars Brit Marling (Another Earth, Sound of My Voice) and James Nesbitt (The Hobbit, Millions). The series is penned by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, The Old Guys, Fresh Meat) and produced by Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Dirty Pretty Things) and Derrin Schlesinger (Southcliffe, Four Lions). It will premiere on SundanceTV in 2015.
Why don’t most directors want to work with Leonardo DiCaprio more than once?
You can count on two fingers the number of times DiCaprio has collaborated with a filmmaker on multiple films: Martin Scorsese (on numerous projects) and Baz Luhrmann. On the flip side, you’d need an abacus to tally the number of high-profile directors who hired DiCaprio once and never went back for seconds. James Cameron (TITANIC), Woody Allen (CELEBRITY), Steven Spielberg (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN), and Danny Boyle (THE BEACH) are just a few names that come to mind. Boyle’s one-off feature with DiCaprio premieres Saturday, November 3, on Sundance Channel, and was the film that got us contemplating this topic.
An interesting article on the construction of the canyon used in 127 HOURS in the which “director Danny Boyle demanded a hyper-realistic set” from the production and costume designer Suttirat Larlarb. Boyle had one criterion for the reconstructed canyons—the walls couldn’t move. While most sets have moving pieces that allow the actors and filmmakers to…