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Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev — the Oscar-nominated helmer of Loveless and Leviathan — is taking on his first-ever television series, an untitled thriller set in modern-day Moscow, which Paramount Television will develop.
Zvyagintsev and longtime writing partner Oleg Negin (a co-screenwriter on Loveless and Leviathan) developed the concept for the series. Zvyagintsev will direct the first two episodes of the show and act as executive producer for the series, alongside Loveless producer Alexander Rodnyansky.
Paramount TV will develop the Russian-language series, the latest in the company’s international projects.
The studio, together with Anonymous Content, recently acquired the rights to adapt the Australian novel Shantaram as a series. Gregory David Roberts’ book is based on his own life as a heroin addict and convicted bank robber who escaped from prison and fled to India, where he lived for 10 years. Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens and Steve Golin are producing the TV adaptation, with Andrea Barron attached as an executive producer.
Paramount TV and Anonymous have also optioned the rights to Diksha Basu’s debut novel, The Windfall, the story of a humble, middle-class Indian couple who are suddenly catapulted into massive wealth. Indian filmmaker Shonali Bose (Amu, Margarita With a Straw) will write and direct the pilot, with Rosalie Swedlin and Doreen Wilcox Little executive producing for Anonymous Content.
Both projects will be shot locally in India.
Paramount’s television slate includes Amazon Prime’s Jack Ryan series, based on the Tom Clancy best-sellers; Netflix’s acclaimed teen drama 13 Reasons Why; and the CIA thriller Berlin Station, which airs on Epix in the U.S.
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