Karyn Kusama to direct and executive produce series adaptation of ‘Sexy Beast’

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Director Karyn Kusama, left, Nicole Kidman appear behind the scenes of the 2018 film “Destroyer.” Annapurna Pictures photo

Director Karyn Kusama has lined up her next project, the follow-up to her acclaimed 2018 film “Destroyer”: A series adaptation of the 2000 Oscar-winning movie “Sexy Beast” at Paramount Network.

Variety reports that the series will tell the origin story of Gal Dove – played in the film by Ray Winstone – a talented thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vividly volatile 1990s. The series will explore the early days of Gal’s complicated relationship with Don Logan (played in the film by Ben Kingsley, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for the role), a vicious gangster with whom Gal forms a partnership, the beginnings of his association with criminal mastermind Teddy Bass (played by Ian McShane in the movie), and how Gal met and fell in love with DeeDee (played in the film by Amanda Redman), an adult film star who would become his wife.

Paramount Network has ordered a 10-episode first season. Michael Caleo will serve as writer and executive producer on the series, with Kusama set to direct and executive produce under her Familystyle production banner. Familystyle’s Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay also will executive produce along with Louis Mellis and David Scinto, who were the screenwriters on the film.

“We’re thrilled ‘Sexy Beast’ is joining our robust scripted slate of originals. We were impressed with Michael Caleo’s craft of the prequel, bringing these strong characters back to life for TV audiences, and with the exceptional style Karyn Kusama plans to bring to this series,” said Keith Cox, president of development and production for Paramount Network and TV Land. “We’re also honored to team with our sister studio Paramount Television in collaborating on this exciting project.”

Cox and Lauren Ruggiero, vice president of development for Paramount Network, will oversee the series for the network. Paramount Television and Anonymous Content will produce, according to Variety.

“‘Sexy Beast’ is a cult classic because of its unique tone and style,” said Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount Television, and the partners of Anonymous Content. “Mike Caleo has managed to capture that brilliance that we’ve loved for so long. His excellent script attracted Karyn Kusama, whose work has the same intersection of intensity and style that was beloved in the film. We’re so lucky to be collaborating with her. This is also our second project with Paramount Network and we’re thrilled to continue this synergistic relationship.”

Paramount Network recently ordered the drama series “Coyote,” starring Michael Chiklis, and “Paradise Lost,” also a Paramount TV/Anonymous series, starring Josh Hartnett. Other upcoming shows on the fledgling network, which last year replaced Spike TV, include “68 Whiskey” and “Emily in Paris.”

The network currently is currently airing the second season of the drama series “Yellowstone” starring Kevin Costner, which is among the most-watched shows on cable.

-BAM

 

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