Netflix Acquires ‘Honorable Woman’ Miniseries for U.S. from BBC Worldwide

Netflix has picked up U.S. rights to Middle East political thriller “The Honorable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, via a pact with BBC Worldwide.

Written, directed and produced by Hugo Blick (“The Shadow Line”), the eight-part minseries focuses on Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal), who witnessed the assassination of her father, an Israeli arms dealer, as a child. As an adult, inheriting her father’s company, she works to shift its purpose from supplying arms to promoting peace — but finds herself swept up in an international political maelstrom.

BBC Worldwide, which made the announcement ahead of Mipcom, earlier this year pre-sold “Honorable Woman” earlier this year to HBO Nordic and Canal+ for France. In addition to Netflix, drama has also sold to Israel (HOT), Canada (CBC), Iceland (RUV), Norway (TV2), Spain (Canal+), South Africa (BBC Entertainment) and Australia (BBC First).

“In the U.K. and USA, the response to ‘The Honorable Woman’ has been so strong and welcome that I am delighted to see this compelling tale of conflict and consequence have the increasing opportunity to be seen by an even wider international audience,” Blick said in a statement.

Miniseries aired this summer in the States on Sundance TV. “Honorable Woman” is exec produced by Greg Brenman, in a Drama Republic and Eight Rooks Production for BBC and Sundance TV.

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