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Sky and Peacock order new series The Day of the Jackal


Sky and Peacock have announced a new original series inspired by Frederick Forsyth’s seminal thriller The day of the jackal and Universal Pictures’ award-winning 1973 film adaptation.

The new series is a contemporary reimagining of the novel and film. While staying true to the DNA of the original IP, the drama will delve deeper into the chameleon as “anti-hero” at the heart of the story, in a cinematic, globe-trotting thriller, set amidst the geopolitical landscape. turbulent times. .

The series will be produced by Carnival Films, part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Sky Studios. Irish screenwriter Ronan Bennett is attached to write and broadcast. Brian Kirk was named Senior Director.

Gareth Neame, Executive Producer at Carnival Films, said: “It’s an exciting prospect to work with Ronan Bennett and Brian Kirk on this contemporary cat-and-mouse thriller based on Frederick Forsyth’s respected novel and Fred Zinnemann’s film. so admired and remembered. We’ll keep the pan-European setting and play to the strengths of episodic TV in this smart, fast-paced international thriller with the story of an assassin and the race to stop him always at the heart of the action.

Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, commented:
“We are thrilled to adapt this internationally acclaimed classic into an updated and timely political thriller. Directed by novelist and showrunner Ronan Bennett and Carnival, this action-packed, high-stakes drama is sure to be a cutting-edge adventure in your seat. for Peacock audiences.

Meghan Lyvers, Director of Original Drama, Sky Studios UK&I, added: “The day of the jackal is a timeless international spy thriller loved around the world. Ronan’s propulsive narration will keep viewers on the edge of their seats, and we can’t wait to bring this premium, cinematic, globetrotting series to Sky audiences across Europe.

Production on the series will begin in the summer of 2023. The series will be available on Peacock in the US and on Sky in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales of the series.