&E Acquires Crime Drama 'The Frankenstein

CANNES — U.S. network A&E has acquired the period mystery crime drama mini-series “The Frankenstein Chronicles,” which stars “Game of Thrones” actor Sean Bean.

The six-episode show has been created by director and writer Benjamin Ross (“The Young Poisoner’s Handbook”) and writer Barry Langford (“Torte Bluma”). Endemol Shine Intl. is handling global sales.

The show is a re-imagining of the Frankenstein story set in 19th-century London. After a successful operation by the Thames River Police to nab a gang of opium smugglers, a child’s corpse is discovered. Inspector John Marlott (Bean) is horrified to discover that it’s not actually a child, but a grotesque assembly of human body parts. We follow Marlott on the hunt for the killer behind this abomination, taking him into the dark corners of Georgian London, an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, murder for profit and other vices.

Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive VP of programming for A&E, said: “‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’ uniquely merges classic elements from both the crime and horror genres, which pairs perfectly with A&E’s growing scripted slate.”

The show is executive produced by Tracey Scoffield (“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”) and Frank Doelger (“Game of Thrones”), and produced by David Tanner for Rainmark Films.

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