BBC Orders New Series From McQueen. The BBC has commissioned 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen’s ambitious new drama series. McQueen stated that the program would be based on the lives of black Britons. The dramatic series is going to be “epic” in scope and follow the lives of a group of families and friends over a period spanning from 1968 to 2014.
The series will be produced by Game of Thrones producer Frank Doelger under his Rainmark Films banner. The production team is aiming to shoot in spring of 2016 meaning the series likely won’t air until 2017. Mcqueen will co-write with Debbie Tucker Green and direct the six episode series.
Queen on what attracted him to this project,
I don’t think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonist.
Rainmark Films managing director Tracy Scoffield had this to say,
Steve would love it to be on BBC1. He wants to reach a very wide audience with this. It is very entertaining and moving. Steve has done a lot of research on it and we’re now working on the script and appointing writers with an eye to shooting next spring.
Seeing an Academy Award winning director of McQueen’s current stature commit to develop a BBC mini-series certainly lends credence to the notion that we are in a golden age of television. For decades, movie actors and directors saw television as a Mad Max style waste-land inhabited only by the poor souls trying to break into or make it back into the film business. Television’s fairly recent shift into serialized, long form storytelling as well as the general population’s growing acceptance of grittier storytelling have made TV the choice destination for cinematic auteurs looking to express themselves to the masses.
Steve McQueen bio,
Born in 1969, Steve McQueen is a British artist, director, and screenwriter who has garnered many awards for his art exhibitions and film work. He broke through into the mainstream film industry with his 2008 film, Hunger. His 2011 film, Shame, earned many accolades. McQueen’s 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as the 2014 Academy Award for best picture.
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