Joe Wright, the British Atonement director who directed, among others, the Winston Churchill drama Darkest Hour which earned Gary Oldman the Oscar for his portrayal of the British Prime Minister in 2017, will direct the television drama “M”, which tells the story of Benito Mussolini’s rise to power.
The series is based on the novel by Antonio Scurati winner of the Strega Prize and international bestseller “M. Son of the century”, traces the birth of fascism in Italy and the rise of Mussolini with an innovative approach that sparked the debate on the legacy of fascist dictator in Italy and abroad. The news comes from Venice, relaunched by Variety, by Lorenzo Mieli, one of the producers of Bones and All by Luca Guadagnino today in competition.
The eight-part series – shooting for which will soon begin at Cinecittà Studios in Rome – is produced by Sky Studios and Mieli’s company, The Apartment (Fremantle group), in collaboration with Pathé.
“M” is written by Stefano Bises (Gomorra, Young Pope) in collaboration with Davide Serino (“1992”).
The cast has not yet been disclosed.
Mieli thinks Wright is perfect for M: “I love the way he dealt with politics in the Darkest Hour – he told Variety – and I love the way he changes genres”. Wright “fell in love with the material” and is “working in Rome now, dealing with one of the worst and most iconic characters in our history”.
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