The Weinstein Company and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have boarded high-profile epic Russian mob TV series “Mafiya,” being produced by London-based Archery Pictures and set to go into production early 2016.
The 10-part skein, written by William Nicholson (“Gladiator,” “Les Miserables”), is set in Moscow in the 1990s, “when criminal gangs and private armies clashed in one of wildest rides in history,” a statement said.
Protag Misha “goes from street trader to becoming one of the richest and most powerful individuals in the country, helping to bring down the once-mighty Soviet Union but paying a huge price along the way.”
The project was developed by Archery, founded last year by “Kick Ass” producer Kris Thykier and former Scott Free U.K. topper Liza Marshall, in association with the BBC and Monumental Pictures.
Archery Pictures is looking to build a slate of large-scale, international television productions working with writers and directors including Neil Jordan (“The Borgias”), John Banville and Peter Kosminsky.
TWC has been stepping up its TV activity in the last few years. most notably with their Netflix original series “Marco Polo,” commissioned for a second series earlier this year, despite dubious results for the first installment.
TWC also recently joined the BBC’s “War and Peace” miniseries based on Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel. The show is now in post.
In a statement Archery’s Marshall and Thykier enthused that “Bill has created a fascinating and thrilling window into the world of the Russian oligarchy. An epic drama that takes you from the fall of the Berlin Wall through to the election of Vladimir Putin.”
“We are excited to bring his vision to life and could not be happier to be partnering with the combined might of the Weinstein Company and ITV Studios Global Entertainment,” they said.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.