Purefoy, Davis to star in ‘Diamonds’

Alchemy teaming with studios to finance miniseries

James Purefoy (“Rome”) and Judy Davis will topline “Diamonds,” a $15 million miniseries just greenlit by Alchemy Television Group.

Los Angeles-based Alchemy, headed by former ICM agent Carrie Stein, is teaming with several international studios to finance and produce the project. It will be pitched to networks next month at the Mip TV confab and will be ready for broadcast by spring.

Alchemy most recently partnered with Sony Pictures Television for TNT’s $35 million mini “The Company.” It’s also producing a new take on “War and Peace” starring Brenda Blethyn and Malcolm McDowell (Daily Variety, Feb. 1).

Blighty helmer Andy Wilson (“Cracker,” “Gormenghast”) has been set to direct “Diamonds” from a script by David Vainola (“The Other Prison”). Mini explores the treacherous world of the international diamond trade.

Davis — who’s up for an Emmy this year for her work in “The Starter Wife” — will play a U.S. senator whose daughter is murdered at a diamond mine in Africa. Her search for answers puts her at odds with Lucas Denmont, the son of diamond magnate Piers Denmont (Blighty thesp Derek Jacobi).

“Diamonds” will lense on location in South Africa, London and Canada.

“Shooting in South Africa, the epicenter of the diamond business, dramatically elevates the story’s authenticity,” Stein said.

Wilson said he was attracted to “Diamonds” because of its “interconnected, multi-strand narrative of an extraordinary range of characters, from executives in glass towers to young workers in the mines.”

Alchemy’s main production partner is Toronto-based Sienna Films. Other producers on the project include South Africa’s Philo Films and France’s Breakout Films.

Davis has toplined a number of notable minis in the last decade, playing Nancy Reagan in “The Reagans” and winning the Emmy for playing the title role in Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.”

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