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FX Books WWII Miniseries From ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Team

Beaufoy to script project

FX has locked up a deal with Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson, the team behind “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours,” for “Telemark,” a 10-part miniseries set during WWII.

Beaufoy will write the project, based on the story of the British-trained Norwegian resistance fighters who sabotaged Hitler’s nuclear development program, with Cloud Eight/Decibel Films producing. It is the trio’s first project for American television.

“As we all know, some of the very best narrative fiction ever told is currently being created as episodic television,” said Beaufoy. “This incredible story is ideally suited to the slower burn and added complexity that the longer format allows, and I can’t wait to get my teeth into this.”

Said Boyle: “This is one of the world’s greatest stories, and we want to tell it on an epic scale.”

A week ago, it was revealed that Boyle would do a feature adaptation of the documentary “Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers” for Pathe and Fox Searchlight.

“Telemark” is the latest example of FX’s increased emphasis on miniseries. “Fargo” which just added Bob Odenkirk, Glenn Howerton, Kate Walsh, and Oliver Platt to its cast, begins production next month and premieres in spring 2014.

“We’re incredibly honored to be working with Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson, who are three of the best filmmakers in the world,” FX Networks and FX Prods. original programming prexy Eric Schrier said. ” ‘Telemark’ is a compelling, powerful and important story, and we know Danny, Simon and Christian will do a masterful job producing it.”

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