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AMC has grabbed U.S. rights to a British limited series titled The Beast Must Die.
The six-part thriller, starring Jared Harris (Mad Men, The Terror, Chernobyl) and Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight), comes from New Regency Television International, Scott Free and BritBox, where it will air in the U.K. It’s set to premiere on both the linear AMC network and its streaming platform, AMC+, later in 2021.
“This series will be something special for AMC and our AMC+ subscribers. It continues a legacy of very successful relationships with the brilliant Jared Harris and our friends at Scott Free, and forges new producing partnerships with BritBox and New Regency Television,” said Dan McDermott, president original programming at AMC Networks. “The Beast Must Die honors the novel upon which it is based with a fantastic piece of television that cuts to the heart of grief, hate, revenge and allows us to ask questions about our own humanity in a remarkably engaging and suspenseful way.”
Based on a novel by Nicholas Blake, The Beast Must Die centers on a grieving mother who infiltrates the life of the man she believes killed her son. The cast also includes Billy Howle, Nathaniel Parker and Geraldine James.
“We are beyond thrilled that The Beast Must Die is going to be shown on AMC, and couldn’t ask for a better television home in the U.S. that stands for bold, quality drama,” said Ed Rubin, head of New Regency Television International. “We hope audiences will be drawn into this emotional thriller and can’t wait for it to go out into the world.”
Gaby Chiappe (Their Finest) adapted the novel and is executive producing with Rubin and Emma Broughton for New Regency, Marina Brackenbury and David W. Zucker for Scott Free and Nathaniel Parker. Sarada McDermott produces. Dome Karukoski (Tolkien) directs.
Endeavor Content brokered the deal on behalf of New Regency and Scott Free.
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