Alex Gibney Teams With 'Downton Abbey' Producer on Cyber Warfare Series
'Stuxnet' will dramatize the potential consequences of a deadly computer virus that goes out of control.
Alex Gibney is set to turn his lauded cyber warfare doc Zero Days, which bowed in Berlin earlier this year, into a drama series alongside Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films, Stephen Schiff (The Americans) and Marc Shmuger.
With a working title of Stuxnet, named after the cyber weapon believed to have been produced by U.S. and Israeli intelligence that was the central topic of Zero Days, the first season of the show will give the real-life story a narrative spin, looking at what might happen when a self-replicating computer virus developed by the West to destroy nuclear facilities in the Middle East starts spreading beyond its original target.
Carnival's Nigel Marchant, David O'Donoghue and Gareth Neame will produce alongside Gibney, who is attached to direct, Schiff and Shmuger. The show will be a Carnival production in association with Participant Media, distributed by NBCUniversal International Distribution (which owns Carnival). Participant Media will also executive produce.
Gibney is represented by UTA, Schiff by ICM Partners with Industry Entertainment and Shmuger by Verve.