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SS-GB: Weinstein Company Acquires US TV Rights [BBC]

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The Weinstein Company obtains US television rights to the BBC‘s SS-GB. The company will handle distribution of the planned World War II alternate history adaptation within the United States.

Featuring a story similar to that of Amazon‘s popular Man in the High Castle, SS-GB is based on a 1978 novel by Len Deighton in which the Axis powers won the Second World War and thus now occupy Britain. The book has been adapted for the small screen by James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who provided scripts for Spectre and Skyfall respectively:

SS-GB is set in a 1940s Nazi occupied London, at a time when the Battle of Britain is lost, Winston Churchill is dead, King George is held prisoner by the SS, military rule is a constant, pockets of Resistance continue to present a threat and neighbors spy on neighbors. The series will follow Scotland Yard detective Douglas Archer (Riley) as he investigates what appears to be a simple black market murder, only to find himself dragged into a much darker and treacherous world. What was initially a routine case quickly leads Archer to uncover a web of intrigue involving British atomic weapons research secrets, which the Abwehr is keen to get its hands on. The stakes are high as this knowledge could determine the ultimate outcome of the war.

SS-GB will star Sam Riley (Control, Maleficent) and Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, 90 Minutes In Heaven) alongside Jason Flemyng (The Missing), James Cosmo (Game Of Thrones), Aneurin Barnard (Cilla) and Maeve Dermody (Serangoon Road), as well as German actors Rainer Bock (Inglorious Basterds) and Lars Eidinger (Clouds of Sils Maria).

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