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Germany’s ZDF Boards ‘Hard Sun,’ New Series for BBC and Hulu From ‘Luther’ Creator

Crime drama launches in Germany in early 2018

German pubcaster ZDF has come on board “Hard Sun,” the apocalyptic cop drama Euston Films is making for the BBC in the U.K. and Hulu in the U.S.

The six-part series was written by “Luther” scribe Neil Cross and follows two detectives – Jim Sturgess (“The Way Back”) as Charlie Hicks and Agyness Deyn (“Sunset Song”) as Elaine Renko – as they try to enforce the law as the world heads towards certain destruction.

Partners and enemies, Hicks is utterly corrupt, while loner Renko is incorruptible. They are forced to work together after stumbling upon proof, while investigating the death of a computer hacker, that the world faces annihilation in five years, a fact governments and security forces are desperate to keep under wraps.

FremantleMedia owns Euston Films and handles distribution of “Hard Sun.” In Germany, ZDF will air it in primetime early next year.

“When we read the pilot we knew that this would be something special,” said Susanne Mueller, executive director of feature films and international series at ZDF. “The scripts from ‘Luther’ creator Neil Cross are compelling, thrilling and ambitious and have all the ingredients for a fantastic show.”

Cross is among the executive producers of “Hard Sun,” and Brian Kirk (“Game of Thrones”) is the lead director. The series is FremantleMedia’s latest move in the high-end drama space and comes after the success of “American Gods.” Upcoming scripted series include a TV adaptation of “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”

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