'Das Boot' Director Signs on for Sony's 'Alex Rider' Series

Andreas Prochaska

Andreas Prochaska will direct the drama based on the best-selling young-adult novels from Anthony Horowitz.

Andreas Prochaska, the director of upcoming Sky and Hulu series Das Boot, has signed on to direct and executive produce drama series Alex Rider for Sony Pictures Television and Eleventh Hour Films, based on the best-selling young-adult series of novels from Anthony Horowitz.

The Austrian director (The Dark Valley) will direct and executive produce the first four episodes of the drama based on Point Blanc, the second book in the series, which is being adapted by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Guy Burt (Bletchley Circle, The Borgias).

Das Boot is inspired by the Oscar-nominated submarine movie and is an eight-part series that will debut in Sky territories beginning this month. Hulu picked up the series for the U.S.

Eleventh Hour optioned the screen rights to Horowitz's novels, which chart the adventures of a reluctant teen spy, last year.

"Andreas has a captivating and authentic style of storytelling, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board," said Wayne Garvie, president, international production. "We can’t wait to start the search for our new Alex with Andreas leading the way!"

Added Eve Gutierrez, executive producer and head of talent at Eleventh Hour: "We are delighted to be working with visionary director Andreas Prochaska. Andreas’ work, whether for the big or small screen, is always underpinned by thrilling, emotional experiences making him the perfect choice for Alex Rider."

And Prochaska said: "Within the first few pages of reading Guy Burt's compelling scripts for the series I was hooked. Guy has taken Anthony’s brilliant, well-loved character and created a bold and unique concept, a coming-of-age story set in the clandestine world of spies sure to excite fans and newcomers alike."