HBO Europe Greenlights Spy Drama 'Oblivious'


Arguably the best of the new foreign-language series from HBO Europe, now available on HBO Go stateside, this Czech crime drama set in a post-communist coal mining town is part The Killing, part The Wire and entirely its own thing. When the town's mayor stands up to mining interests, his 14-year-old daughter mysteriously disappears. Taunt, dark and powerful, Wasteland is a glimpse inside a world few outsiders ever see.

Set in the Czech Republic in the late 1980s, the six-part series will be directed by Ivan Zacharias, who shot HBO Europe's acclaimed miniseries 'Wasteland.'

HBO Europe has greenlighted Oblivious, a six-part original spy drama set in the Czech Republic in the late 1980s.

The six-part series, scripted by debut TV screenwriter Ondrej Gabriel and to be directed by Ivan Zacharias, who was responsible in 2016 for HBO Europe's internationally acclaimed Czech drama Wasteland, was announced at the Karlovy Vary international film festival Sunday.

HBO Europe, which premiered Wasteland two years ago during the festival in Karlovy Vary, introduced the new espionage miniseries at a special festival panel focused on HBO Europe's role in discovering and developing writers in Central Europe.

The production and distribution company has been producing original series in nine territories across Central Europe, Scandinavia and Spain since 2011, including hits such as Romania's Shadows, Poland's The Pack and the Agnieszka Holland-directed miniseries Burning Bush.

Upcoming productions include Blinded by the Lights (Poland), Gosta (Sweden), Hackerville (Romania-Germany), Success (Croatia), Beforeigners (Norway) and Golden Life (Hungary).

Steve Matthews, HBO Europe's vp drama development, said, "Our intention is now always to do originals in the future; we have got to know the talent pool [over the past five or six years] and feel confident that there are stories in the region to tell and it is my job to go and look for them."