Netflix Boards BBC Drama 'Troy' From 'Night Manager' Writer

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'Troy: Fall of a City' will be a limited series set around the events of the Trojan War and the love affair between Paris and Helen of Troy.

Netflix is joining forces with the BBC and The Night Manager writer David Farr on Troy: Fall of a City, a limited series set during the Trojan War.

Netflix announced that it was boarding the project Wednesday at an event in Berlin.

The drama, which BBC One and U.K.-based Wild Mercury previously said they produce in association with Kudos, is described as an epic tale of love, revenge and intrigue focusing on the war and the love affair between Paris and Helen of Troy, which, if Homer is to be believed, started the whole mess in the first place.

Owen Harris, who directed the acclaimed San Junipero episode of Netflix series Black Mirror, will helm Troy, with Derek Wax (Humans) and Farr executive producing and Barney Reisz (Black Mirror) producing.

Troy is set to being shooting in South Africa in March and will premiere in the U.K. on BBC One and outside the U.K. on Netflix. The BBC first unveiled plans for the show in 2015.

Netflix also announced it was partnering with BBC Two on the new labyrinthine thriller Black Earth Rising, about the prosecution of international war crimes. Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman) will write and direct Black Earth, with Greg Brenman's Drama Republic (The Honourable Woman) producing. BBC 2 will air the series in the U.K., with Netflix taking the rest of the world.

And Netflix has jumped on The Spy, an upcoming true-life espionage tale from French producer Alain Goldman's Legende Films (La Vie en Rose), which Homeland creator Gideon Raff will write and direct. The true tale of Israel's top spy, Eli Cohen, who worked undercover in Syria, is being produced by France's Canal Plus. Netflix will handle worldwide rights for the show.