Charles Dance and Peter Dinklage are attached to a TV adaptation of Quasimodo for Atrium TV, the drama commissioning group chaired by former Sony chief Howard Stringer. The “Game of Thrones” stars will executive produce the project, which will be produced by Rainmark Films.
Atrium was set up by Stringer and distributor DRG as a way for OTT operators and telcos to jointly fund and commission high-end scripted series for their platforms and territories. Unveiling a slate at Mipcom in Cannes, it also announced Spain’s Movistar+ and India’s Reliance as new members.
“Quasimodo” is set in a tense 15th century Paris and being written by Ashley Pharoah (“Life On Mars”). It will be produced by Tracey Scoffield and David Tanner (“The Frankenstein Chronicles”) and “Game of Thrones” producer Frank Doelger.
The project is part of an expanded slate from Atrium, which also includes epic historical drama “Jerusalem,” from former NBC drama development chief Russell Rothberg, “State of Decay,” based on the eponymous survival horror videogame and from former ABC chief Steve McPherson, and “Perfect People,” an adaptation of the Peter James novel from Adi Hasak (“Shades of Blue”).
DRG is owned by the Modern Times Group and MTG’s pay-TV service Viaplay was a founder member of Atrium. The business model has one member in each territory or region that will take the rights to the drama projects and launch them on their service. DRG then sells the programming in any remaining windows and territories, including into the U.S.
Orange in France, Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, and Asia and emerging markets streaming service Iflix recently came on board. Sky New Zealand, Antenna in Greece, Yes in Israel, and NewFilm in Russia also joined.
“Jerusalem” will tell the story of the holy city. Season one will open with King David’s reign with future seasons looking at different time periods. Lionsgate also has a “Jerusalem” series in the works, based on the 2011 book by historian Simon Sebag Montefiore.
“Perfect People” is a thriller about genetically enhanced twins who start to exhibit sinister behavior. It is based upon the Peter James novel, which was published in 2011.
Steve McPherson’s “State of Decay” is billed as a show “about zombies and the way they rewrite the rules of reality.” The videogame it is based upon is a popular Xbox title with several million players. The former ABC president was in Cannes to present the project to Atrium members.
The new titles join the existing projects announced, moon landing series “One Giant Leap,” and “Fandorin,” an adaptation of the Boris Akunin book series about 19th Century Russian detective Erast Petrovich Fandorin. It is being produced by BBC Studios.
The writers and producers of the drama projects, including Charles Dance and Stephen Kronish, were in Cannes to talk to Atrium members about the shows in the making.
“From day one we were serious about providing our members with great stories, delivered by exceptional talent and we more than demonstrated that today,” said Howard Stringer. “I’m delighted to say that by gathering some of the world’s leading TelCos and OTT operators together with such luminaries from the writing and producing worlds, our first ever meeting really did feel like an exclusive club.”