×

HBO Europe Announces New Series, ’30 Coins,’ From Alex De La Iglesia

MADRID, Spain — HBO Europe has greenlit production on a new series from famed Spanish genre director Alex De La Iglesia titled “30 Coins.”

The series’ eight episodes will shoot this year in Spain. Long-time Iglesia writing partner Jorge Guerricaechevarría is co-writing, with De La Iglesia’s Madrid-based Pokeepsie Films co-producing. Executive producering for HBO Europe are Miguel Salvat, Steve Matthews and Antony Root.

“30 Coins” turns on exiled priest Father Vergara, an exorcist, boxer and ex-convict, living in a remote village in Spain. Hoping to be lost and forgotten, Vergara’s demons catch up to him.

The town’s ambitious mayor Paco teams with local veterinarian Elena to unearth the secrets of Vergara’s past. The three end up teaming and find themselves in the middle of a global conspiracy to control the 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas Iscariot when he turned on Jesus of Nazareth. The coins are, as one might imagine, cursed, and contain supernatural powers.

De la Iglesia said in a press release: “’30 Coins’ is the project I’ve been dreaming about all my life. It’s a series that dives into pure horror combining thriller, action and mystery, with a plot that starts in a remote village in Spain and spreads over the world.”

“It’s a naked look into the truest form of genre aimed at entertaining and wrecking fans’ sleep,” he continued. “Weird creatures, cursed cults and unspeakable secrets will emerge from the cracks of a reality that can only inspire mistrust in those who dare to explore it; an exhilarating experience for those who want to have fun while getting their horror fix.”

De la Iglesia is a pillar of Spanish genre cinema since the 1995 release of his Madrid-based classic “El día de la bestia,” which won Spanish Academy Goya awards for, among other thing, best director, special effects and best new actor, which went to Santiago Segura, now one of the country’s most marketable personalities in front of, and behind, the camera.

More recently De La Iglesia has proved his staying power with domestic box office hits such as “Perfectos desconocidos” (Perfect Strangers) and “El bar” (The Bar).

He has also demonstrated his ability to impress at festivals, his 2010 film “Balada Triste de Trompeta” (The Last Circus, one of his most personal films which) won the Silver Lion for best director and best screenplay at Venice. His TV work includes the 2008-09 sci-fi series “Pultón B.R.B. Nero” and the 2006 TV film “The Baby’s Room.”

“Only Álex, with his own voice and universe, can carry out a project of this narrative and visual ambition,” added Salvat, commissioning editor of original programming, HBO España. “It has been a fruitful and exciting development process with Álex and Jorge. We are sure that ‘30 Coins’ will fit perfectly into a brand that already has a huge legacy.”

Root, EVP programming and production, HBO Europe summed up saying: “Alex creates worlds that are immediately immersive, full of idiosyncratic characters, darkness, humor and fun. We’re incredibly excited and proud to have him join the HBO Europe family – and to add such a brilliant and uniquely-imagined genre series to our growing and varied originals slate.”

More TV

  • Nick Braun My Time Your Time

    WeWork Series in Development With 'Succession's' Nicholas Braun Attached to Star

    A television series based on the tumultuous story of WeWork is in the works, Variety has confirmed. Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content have acquired the rights to the upcoming book about the shared workspace company from Wall Street Journal reporters Maureen Farrell and Eliot Brown. Nicholas Braun, who currently plays Cousin Greg on the critically-acclaimed HBO series [...]

  • Boris Epshteyn

    Sinclair Drops Political Commentary Segments From Boris Epshteyn, Ameshia Cross

    Sinclair Broadcast Group has decided to scrap the political commentary segments that have aired across its vast station group since 2017. Boris Epshteyn, former Trump campaign official turned chief political analyst for Sinclair, has been delivering commentary segments that were mandated to run adjacent to local newscasts on all Sinclair stations since the spring of [...]

  • Supernatural -- "Alpha and Omega" --

    'Supernatural': Rob Benedict on Chuck and Sam's Cosmic Connection

    As the final season of “Supernatural” inches toward the series’ end, it does so with one quintessential question looming over the show: Will the Winchesters have to kill God — aka Chuck (Rob Benedict) — and if they succeed, does that mean all of existence or simply Sam (Jared Padalecki) will cease to, well, exist? [...]

  • David BellamyChelsea Flower Show, Day 1,

    David Bellamy, Ex-BBC Broadcaster and Environmentalist, Dies at 86

    David Bellamy, the former BBC broadcaster and naturalist, died on Wednesday. He was 86. Bellamy was a household name in the U.K., having authored dozens of watercolor books and appeared on hundreds of TV programs about the environment, particularly in the 1980s and ’90s. He was frequently parodied by comedian Lenny Henry, and inspired Henry’s [...]

  • R Kelly Sexual Assult Accusations Mugshot

    'Surviving R. Kelly Part II' Gets Trailer, Release Date

    Without overstating the case, it’s hard to imagine that R. Kelly would not be in jail today if not for “Surviving R. Kelly.” While many of the details and accusers featured in the Lifetime docuseries were new, the primary facts have been known for many years — and yet the series, more than any of [...]

  • Simon Cowell Signs New Five-Year Deal

    Simon Cowell Signs New Five-Year Deal With Britain's ITV Amid 'AGT' Controversy

    Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and ITV have signed a new five-year deal amid the ongoing controversy over “America’s Got Talent” in the U.S. The agreement gives Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster Syco’s shows for the next half-decade, including “Britain’s Got Talent,” which will be on ITV until 2024. The deal also covers “The X Factor,” which [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content