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Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead, The Drop) will direct the pilot and second episode of Berlin Station, a modern-day espionage thriller starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Hannibal) and Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man, Notting Hill). Produced by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content for EPIX, the series is expected to air next autumn.
Best-selling spy novelist Olen Steinhauer ('All the Old Knives', 'The Tourist') created Berlin Station, whose main character Daniel Miller has just arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin and has an undercover mission: to determine the identity of a now-famous whistle-blower masquerading as Thomas Shaw.
Belgian director Tim Mielants is directing the third season of gangster drama Peaky Blinders for BBC 2. The hit series stars Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and newcomer Paddy Considine. Flemish actor Jan Bijvoet (Borgman) will also make an appearance.
Tim Mielants is directing all six episodes of the series’ third season. An epic gangster drama created by Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises), Peaky Blinders is set in the lawless streets of 1920s Birmingham where gang leader Thomas Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight), is determined to move up in the world.
Belgian director Jakob Verbruggen is to direct the final two episodes of the fourth season of House of Cards. Verbruggen, whose credits include BBC series The Fall and London Spy along with episodes of the American remake of The Bridge, follows in the footsteps of David Fincher, Joel Schumacher, James Foley and Jodie Foster, each of whom directed one or more episodes of the hit Netflix series.
Based on a BBC miniseries from 1990, House of Cards is an American political drama starring Kevin Spacey as Francis ‘Frank’ Underwood, an ambitious and ruthless politician who – with the help of his wife Claire – fights his way up into the highest political echelons in Washington DC.
Flemish drama series The Divine Monster, based on a trilogy by author Tom Lanoye, is set for a possible American remake. Writer/producer Silvio Horta (Ugly Betty) has a script commitment for the project and will team up with Prison Break producer Brett Ratner to executive produce.
Miami-born Silvio Horta has a script commitment to rewrite the complex Flemish family drama series The Divine Monster. The American version features the wealthy Vega family from Miami, whose real estate empire is built upon decades of greed, corruption, general bad behaviour and an alarming number of suspicious deaths.
Flemish actor Wim Willaert has been nominated for his role in the series Home Grown, and the sixth season of Missing Persons Unit is also nominated for a Golden Panda at the 13th edition of the Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu (China, 6-8 November). Both series were co-produced by Eyeworks Film & TV Drama. The Missing, a co-production with Czar TV for Flanders, was also nominated twice.
In the category of Best Actor in a TV Drama, Willaert is up against Guy Pearce (Jack Irish Dead Point) and James Nesbitt for his role in the Flanders co-produced The Missing which was also nominated for Best Photography.
Filming for Tabula Rasa, a psychological thriller starring The Broken Circle Breakdown actress Veerle Baetens – who also co-wrote the script – started on October 13. Baetens is joined by an all-star Flemish cast including Gene Bervoets, Jeroen Perceval, Hilde Van Mieghem, Natali Broods and Lynn Van Royen.
A psychological thriller, Tabula Rasa tells the story of a young woman with amnesia who is the sole key to solving a missing persons case. Baetens takes the lead as Mie, a woman locked up in a secure psychiatric hospital; she is visited by the police who are trying to solve the case, and has to reconstruct her lost memories and find her way back through the dark labyrinth of her recent past.
Robin Pront's feature debut The Ardennes is the opening attraction at the 42nd Film Fest Ghent (13-24 October). The film, receiving its European première, is just one of the many indigenous titles Belgium's oldest and largest festival has in its programme this year. There are in total five Flemish features, one TV series, a dozen shorts, and two co-productions with Flanders.
Opening the Fest is The Ardennes starring Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Kevin Janssens and Jeroen Perceval, with the latter also co-writing the script with director Robin Pront. The film has already attracted attention at this year's Toronto International Film Festival where it had its world premiere and was picked up by distributors in such key territories as France (Diaphana) and Italy (Satine). Producer is Bart van Langendonck for Savage Film, the company behind Oscar-nominated Bullhead. International sales are handled by Montreal-based Attraction Distribution.
New Belgian-Dutch kids’ series The Kattenoog Mystery Club has been picked up by Lagardère Entertainment Rights for worldwide sales. The live-action series will have its market première at MIPCOM (5-8 October).
Comments Frédérik Rangé, Head of Acquisitions at LE Rights: “There are not many TV series for kids on the market that keep the balance perfectly between mystery and humour. In addition, the series’ production value is great while the actors deliver a strong performance. We believe The Kattenoog Mystery Club will charm and seduce a lot of programme buyers.”
A second series of the highly successful drama series Cordon has begun shooting this week. Produced by Eyeworks for Flanders commercial broadcaster vtm, the series returns to the survivors in the sealed-off centre of Antwerp after the outbreak of a deadly virus. Earlier this month, an American remake of the series, Containment, was presented at Comic-Con.
Written by Carl Joos (The Broken Circle Breakdown), the first season of Cordon told how everyday life in the centre of Antwerp came to a sudden halt after the outbreak of a contagious and deadly virus. When the area is hermetically sealed off from the outside world to protect the health of the rest of the country, it brings out the very best – but also the very worst – in those who are shut in.
Flemish director Jan Matthys - known for acclaimed series such as In Flanders Fields and Quiz Me Quick - is to shoot three episodes of the third season of BBC One's crime series Shetland, with Thaddeus O'Sullivan (Call the Midwife) doing the rest. ITV Productions is producing the six-parter for BBC One.
Matthys follows in the footsteps of Jakob Verbruggen and Tim Mielants, two other directors from Flanders who recently made the leap into British TV drama series.