Filmmaker Gareth Evans quickly made a name for himself with his 2011 action movie The Raid and its 2014 sequel The Raid 2. The Indonesia-based filmmaker is developing his next project for the small screen with Gangs of London, a multi-part TV drama being produced by Vice’s Pulse Films with Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures for HBO channel CINEMAX and Sky Atlantic.
Set in contemporary London, the gangland drama based on Evans’ idea deals with the power struggles between a number of international gangs after the assassination of the head of one of the gangs.
The show is being developed to launch in 2019 on CINEMAZX and Sky, with Peter Berry, Clare Wilson and Joe Murtagh writing alongside Evans (who will direct the show) and his regular cinematographer Matt Flannery. Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa from Pulse Films will exec. produce along with Featherstone and Anna Ferguson from Sky. The drama was commissioned by Sky’s Head of Drama Anne Mensah and Kary Antholis, President of Miniseries at HBO and President of Programming at Cinemax.
Evans, who is currently working on the period feature Apostle with Dan Stevens (Legion) and Michael Sheen, hopes to bring a “cinematic viewing experience” to TV viewers in the U.S. and U.K., saying, “It has been a thrilling experience to leap into longform storytelling, exploring a multicultural world of global crime as it intersects on the streets of London.”
Pulse Films is shifting into television after producing Andrea Arnold’s American Honey and the Nick Cave “doc” 2000 Days on Earth, as well as having been involved with music docs like LCD Soundsystem’s Shut Up and Play the Hits.
Featherstone, founder of Sister Pictures, is currently producing Giri/Haji for Netflix and BBCA as well as the Hulu/Channel 4 comedy The Bisexual.
Fans of The Raid should certainly be intrigued by this development with many wanting to see what Evans can do in a different setting than the Indonesia-based action films. Gangs of London will continue his work in crime fiction only in a much more familiar setting.
The story was initially reported by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor