The 2011 film HANNA is making a comeback — but this time for the small screen. Amazon Studios has given an adaptation of the film a series order and original co-writer David Farr will pen the script. Joe Wright directed the film, which starred Saoirse Ronan, though neither will be involved in this television depiction.
The original film co-starred Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett and followed a young girl, Hanna, raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA operative, who trains her as an assassin in northern Finland. Blanchett played the CIA agent who searches for the father and daughter to eliminate them.
It is unclear what the series will cover from the film and beyond, although Farr expressed excitement to continue the story: “Joe Wright’s movie was dazzling, but inevitably there were certain elements that a feature-length film wasn’t able fully to explore. It’s a pleasure, therefore, to be able to revisit the material in a longer format and take Hanna into whole new physical and emotional worlds. Amazon has shown such passion for the project and is the perfect home for Hanna.”
Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will serve as executive producers on the series alongside Scott Herbst and Tom Coan. Hanna hails from NBCUniversal International Studios and Scott Nemes and JoAnn Alfano will exec produce for them.
Farr recently adapted the John le Carre novel The Night Manager for AMC and BBC and recently wrote The Man With the Iron Heart for Jason Clarke and Rosamund Pike to star. He’s directing and writing Amazon’s Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and writing Troy: Fall of a City for Netflix and BBC. He’s repped by Curtis Brown Group in the U.K. and Paradigm.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor