With his 45 Years a multi-award winner last year and shooting on Lean on Pete recently wrapped, Andrew Haigh has lined up another major project to keep him busy.
The filmmaker — who is also set to direct an untitled Alexander McQueen biopic — will adapt and direct the limited series The North Water, based on Ian McGuire’s novel. The series is being developed with the BBC and See-Saw Films, the acclaimed U.K.-based producers behind The King’s Speech, Top of the Lake and current awards-favorite Lion.
Announced on Monday by See-Saw’s TV COO Hakan Kousetta and head of TV Jamie Laurenson, The North Water will be a 6 x 1 series, and tell the story of a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as the ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic.
This novel, an original story of murder, mystery and survival, topped critic’s lists around the world and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and named A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.
“Ian McGuire’s novel is brilliantly both a page-turning thriller and an incredible exploration of the human condition.” said Laurenson and Kousetta. “From our very first conversations with Andrew it was clear that he is passionate about both aspects of the story, and we’re thrilled that he’s come on board to bring his vision of the novel to a television audience.”
Haigh is managed by Jeff Okin and Adam Shulman at Anonymous Content and represented by Dan Rabinow, Nancy Jones and Adam Berkowitz of CAA and Ian Benson of The Agency (London) Ltd.