Ben Stiller will be in Cannes in October for the world-premiere screening of his Showtime series “Escape at Dannemora.” The series will be showcased on the first day of Mipcom, the biggest event on the international TV calendar.
Stiller directed and executive-produced “Escape at Dannemora,” which stars Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”), Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), Paul Dano (“There Will Be Blood”) and Bonnie Hunt (“Life With Bonnie”). Michael Imperioli has a guest starring role.
The series is based on a real-life 2015 prison break in upstate New York that saw two convicts escape with the help of a married female prison employee, with whom they both became romantically entangled.
The series is written by Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin, who were writers on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” Both will exec-produce with Stiller, Bryan Zuriff, Michael De Luca though his Michael De Luca Productions and Nicky Weinstock for Red Hour Productions.
CBS Studios International is distributing the series and will be looking for international sales off the back of the Cannes screening.
“The ultra-premium programming from Showtime continues to push boundaries, delivering some of the best production auspices and most compelling stories on television today,” said Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS Studios International. “‘Escape at Dannemora’ is no exception, and we look forward to premiering this highly anticipated limited series, with the amazing Ben Stiller, at Mipcom this October.”
Laurine Garaude, director of Mipcom organizer Reed Midem’s television division, added: “We are thrilled to be showcasing ‘Escape at Dannemora’ as the Mipcom World Premiere Screening, and to welcome series director Ben Stiller in Cannes.”