Sundance Channel and BBC Worldwide have inked a deal to co-produce “Top of the Lake,” a seven-episode scripted miniseries directed by “Bright Star” helmer Jane Campion and Garth Davis, and starring “Mad Men” thesp Elisabeth Moss and Campion’s “Piano” collab (and Oscar winner for the role) Holly Hunter.
The mini, penned by Campion and Gerard Lee, will also star Peter Mullan and David Wenham, and will be produced by See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (“The King’s Speech”), and Escapade Pictures’ Philippa Campbell.
It’s the second scripted greenlight from Sundance this week, with the net’s first wholly-owned project, scripted drama “Rectify,” broken by Variety earlier this week.
There are more to come, according to Sundance g.m. and exec veep Sarah Barnett. “We’re committing more than we ever had to scripted drama on Sundance,” Barnett said in a phone interview. “We want to roll out a healthy amount of scripted shows.”
Asked how the net would distinguish itself from drama-centric sister cabler AMC as it ramped up its slate, Barnett said she thought the town was big enough for the two of them. “They’re guided by something that sort of defies formula, as are we,” she said. “There are a lot of great projects — enough to go around, so we don’t worry about stepping on toes.”