MIPCOM: A&E Takes 'Frankenstein Chronicles' for U.S.

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Sean Bean

'Game of Thrones' star Sean Bean headlines the six-part ITV crime drama, billed as a reimagining of the Frankenstein story set in 19th century London.

A&E has acquired the upcoming British crime/horror series The Frankenstein Chronicles, starring Game of Thrones actor Sean Bean, for the U.S.

The six-part series is set in 19th century London. Bean plays John Marlott, an investigator for the Thames River Police on the trail of a killer who appears to be assembling humans from mutilated body parts in a sick parody of the Frankenstein story. In his search for the truth, he comes up against London's medical establishment and powerful political forces, as well as a more sinister, demonic power at work in the city.

Emmy-nominated writer Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner’s Handbook) created The Frankenstein Chronicles together with writer Barry Langford. Ross directed all six hourlong episodes.

David Tanner of Rainmark Films produced the show for ITV in the U.K. Endemol Shine International is selling it worldwide.

"The Frankenstein Chronicles uniquely merges classic elements from both the crime and horror genres, which pairs perfectly with A&E’s growing scripted slate," said A&E executive vp programming Elaine Frontain Bryant, who negotiated the deal for the channel.

Rainmark's Tracey Scoffield and Game of Thrones producer Frank Doelger are executive producers of The Frankenstein Chronicles. In addition to Bean, the cast also includes Anna Maxwell Martin, Charlie Creed Miles, Steven Berkoff and Vanessa Kirby.