BBC Commissions Organizes Crime Tale ‘McMafia’

LONDON — U.K. broadcaster BBC has commissioned drama series “McMafia,” which focuses on the international world of organized crime. The story, which is centered around a Russian family living in exile in London, is inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 book “McMafia.”

The series was created and is written by screenwriter and film director Hossein Amini (“Drive,” “The Wings of the Dove,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and James Watkins (“The Woman in Black,” “Eden Lake,” “Bastille Day”), and is produced by Nick Marston’s Cuba Pictures. The writing team led by Amini and Watkins includes David Farr, Peter Harness and Laurence Coriat.

Glenny said: “I am a huge fan of ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Sopranos’ and, more recently, ‘Narcos.’ Hoss and James’s brilliant reworking of ‘McMafia’ takes this tradition onto a global canvas by revealing the immense possibilities open to an ambitious Russian crime family in an interconnected world.”

Amini said: “The lines between gangsters, bankers, politicians and spies has been blurred and the whole world has become a battlefield in this global gang war. I am thrilled to be working with such terrific writers on a series that I hope will be epic, authentic and also intimate in the best traditions of the genre.”

“McMafia” is executive produced by Marston and Dixie Linder for Cuba Pictures, and Matthew Read for the BBC. BBC Worldwide will handle global rights. Casting will be announced in due course.

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