×

SK Global Revs Up TV Development With Marquis de Sade Drama Series

SK Global is revving up its television development slate with plans for a drama series loosely based on the colorful life of the French nobleman Marquis de Sade.

“For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” is described as examining the life of the writer and philosopher in the period spanning pre-revolutionary France in the late 18th century through the war-torn Napoleonic era. Claire Weaver penned the pilot script and is shepherding the series with film and TV veteran Harley Peyton (“Twin Peaks”).

Bill Todman Jr. and Edward Milstein of Level 1 Entertainment will executive producer along with SK Global

The project will be shopped to cable and streaming outlets. The series promises to offer a “frank depiction of sexual intrigue and brutal power struggles” that shaped de Sade’s life.

“We couldn’t be more excited to help bring to life Claire and Harley’s audacious vision for this eternally fascinating character and the explosive, almost incredulous era in which he lived, which could not be more relevant or timely to the world today,” said SK Global co-CEOs John Penotti and Charlie Corwin.

Limor Hakim will co-produce and oversee the project for Level 1. Mark O’Connor and Rob Lamonaca will steer the project for SK Global.

SK Global was formed in 2017 by the merger of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Robert Friedland’s Ivanhoe Pictures.

SK Global has been revving up its TV development operations under the direction of Corwin, a veteran producer who joined the company in March after stints as co-head of Endemol Shine North America and as president of Imagine Entertainment.

The company is working on a limited series revolving around the dramatic rescue of a dozen members of a youth soccer team who were trapped in a cave by monsoon rains in July 2018. John Chu is producing the project.

Peyton is repped by CAA. Weaver is managed by Circle of Confusion.

More TV

  • The Suspended Mourning

    Berlin: Hernan Caffiero Sets Up Two Series About Victims of Police Violence as Chilean Industry Protests Brutality (EXCLUSIVE)

    Inspired by the victims of violent crackdowns by Chilean police, filmmaker Hernán Caffiero is looking to tell their story. Caffiero is currently developing two series about human rights crimes and the effects of police brutality in Chile, one a four-part documentary, the other a follow-up to his Intl. Emmy-winning “The Suspended Mourning,” a dramatized collection [...]

  • HBO Michael Lombardo project

    Elisa Viihde, Rabbit Films, Keshet Intl. Team On Finnish Drama 'Summer of Sorrow' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Finland’s top streaming service Elisa Viihde has ordered “Summer of Sorrow,” a high-concept mystery thriller series that’s being produced by Rabbit Films and will be sold by Keshet Intl. around the world. The 10-episode show, created Jani Volanen (“M/S Romantic”) and set in the early 1980s, takes place in an idyllic Finnish suburb of Munkkivuori [...]

  • Cryptid

    Beta Film Drives Into YA Scripted (EXCLUSIVE)

    BERLIN — Germany’s Beta Film is driving into Young Adult scripted, acquiring international distribution rights and co-financing four high-profile fiction series, three set up at top European regional SVOD players: Germany’s Joyn and Telekom and Scandinavia’s  Viaplay. Many also involve top European production houses as well. To be unveiled at the Berlinale Series Market’s German [...]

  • The Clan

    Firefly Prods. Building Belgrade Studio, Rolling Out Big Series Slate

    Since launching in Serbia in 2018, Belgrade-based Firefly Prods. has not only quickly become a major producer of scripted series, it’s also raising the country’s profile as a film location with its plans to build a major studio complex this year. Headed by former BBC news producer Ivana Mikovic, Firefly has a fast-growing slate of [...]

  • Campus Madrid Content City

    Timeline of Secuoya Group's Growth

    2007 • Raul Berdonés founds the Secuoya Group on Dec. 11. 2008 • First outsourcing services deal is with broadcaster Antena 3. 2009 • Launches TV content production as part of early diversification. 2011 • Debuts on Spain’s MAB Alternative Stock Market on July 28. Strategic expansion plan envisages the development of Ciudad de la [...]

  • Sex

    Berlinale Series Head Julia Fidel on Reflecting Diversity in Serialized Storytelling

    Sexual exploration, indigenous perspectives and refugees of all stripes characterize much of this year’s selections at the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Series showcase. It’s the first edition under Julia Fidel, who took over as the section’s head from Solmaz Azizi last year, and while she’s not shaking things up, she’s is looking to put her [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content