Gaumont (“Narcos”) has signed a first-look deal with Christopher McQuarrie, the director, co-writer and co-producer of “Mission: Impossible 6,” and his producing partner and wife, Heather McQuarrie, to write, direct and produce multiple scripted drama projects.
Under the agreement, McQuarrie will first direct “STL” (working title), a TV drama series based on Gaumont’s “36 Quai des Orfèvres,” the gritty French crime drama depicting the ruthless competition between cops at the Criminal Investigations Division. McQuarrie will be executive producing, along with Heather McQuarrie and Ben Ripley (“Source Code”), who will also write the series.
“Chris is an industry icon – he is a master storyteller, world-class director, and hugely talented producer, and he and Heather are a pivotal partnership for Gaumont as we increase our investment into new productions for the global market,” said Gaumont’s president of television in the U.S., Gene Stein.
“We’re thrilled to be adapting ’36 Quai des Orfèvres’ from our French library, and to have Ben Ripley on board to bring it to life,” Stein said.
McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for the screenplay of “Usual Suspects” and has penned a flurry of blockbusters such as “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Mummy,” said he and Heather “are excited to finally have a home” for their ambitions in television.
Gaumont is currently in pre-production on Season 4 of the award-winning and Primetime Emmy-nominated series “Narcos.”
McQuarrie’s slate of upcoming projects includes the Netflix feature film “The Chameleon,” which he is producing with Heather McQuarrie, Terence Winter and Rachel Winter.