Hardy, who previously directed four episodes for season one, will also serve as executive producer, and will direct four episodes of season 2. Marcela Said (“Lupin,” “Narcos Mexico”) and Nima Nourizadeh (“Little America,” “American Ultra”) have also signed on to direct two episodes each.
Season 2 begins rolling in late spring.
“Gangs of London” was the biggest Sky original drama launch on Sky Atlantic of the past five years. In the U.S., it debuted on AMC Plus, helping to launch the new streaming platform, becoming one of its most watched series.
Internationally, “Gangs of London” launched successfully across Europe, Latin America, Australia, Japan and most recently in China.
The BAFTA-nominated series is produced by Pulse Films in association with Sister, for Sky Studios and AMC. Series creator Gareth Evans and creative partner Matt Flannery return as executive producers alongside Pulse Films’ Thomas Benski. Tom Butterworth is the lead writer and executive producer for four out of the eight episodes and is leading the writer’s room. Additional executive producers include Hugh Warren and Helen Grégory for Pulse Films, Jane Featherstone for Sister and Gabriel Silver for Sky Studios.
“Helping Gareth and the team bring the first season of Gangs of London kicking, screaming and exploding to life was an invigorating high-dive into the world of cinematic television,” Hardy said.
“I am beyond proud of the BAFTA nominations the show has received, it is a real tribute to the incredible cast and crew and all round team effort. The audience response to ‘Gangs of London’ was phenomenal and so it’s an honour to be handed the reigns for Season 2 to continue building our (under)world and get to tell the next chapter of this action-packed and emotional crime saga, which, if you’ve been watching so far, you’ll know, is about to kick off for real.”
“Working alongside such a talented team of creative collaborators made ‘Gangs of London’ a truly remarkable experience for us,” said Evans. “The intent was always for the show to take the conventions of long form television and fuse it with a genre filmmaking sensibility. I could not have hoped for a better duo to share directing duties with than Xavier Gens and Corin Hardy. Now, as ‘Gangs’ gears up for Season 2, myself and Matt Flannery are beyond excited to see what Corin and the team have in store. I have no doubt under his direction the journey for this incredible cast of characters will be a visceral, thrill-ride packed with emotion and bloodshed.”
“From the very beginning Gareth, Matt and I had very intentional ambitions to create a ground-breaking show that would be a destination for true filmmakers,” Benski added.
“Following the success of series one, we are so excited to assemble such an amazingly eclectic and diverse group of directors to tell the next chapter of ‘Gangs of London.’ With Corin Hardy returning as lead director, and Marcela Said and Nima Nourizadeh joining the team, we have created a dynamic force of modern directors to continue and build on the story of our beloved (and besieged) characters who have captivated fans across the world.”
The series will transmit on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the U.K. and Ireland, and will be available in all Sky markets. NBCUniversal Global Distribution and Pulse Films will share further international licensing rights for the show.