Paramount Network is moving forward on a series based on the critically acclaimed drama, Sexy Beast. The network officially announced a first season order and confirmed The Sopranos‘ Michael Caleo is on board to write and executive produce.
The 10 episode first season has Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Aeon Flux) attached to direct and executive produce. Matt Manfredi, Phil Hay, Louis Mellis, David Scinto are also executive producing. Scinto and Mellis wrote the original film.
“We’re thrilled Sexy Beast is joining our robust scripted slate of originals. We were impressed with Michael Caleo’s craft of the prequel, bringing these strong characters back to life for TV audiences, and with the exceptional style Karyn Kusama plans to bring to this series,” stated Keith Cox, President, Development and Production, Paramount Network and TV Land. “We’re also honored to team with our sister studio Paramount Television in collaborating on this exciting project.”
“Sexy Beast is a cult classic because of its unique tone and style. Mike Caleo has managed to capture that brilliance that we’ve loved for so long. His excellent script attracted Karyn Kusama, whose work has the same intersection of intensity and style that was beloved in the film. We’re so lucky to be collaborating with her. This is also our second project with Paramount Network and we’re thrilled to continue this synergistic relationship,” said Nicole Clemens, President of Paramount Television, and the Partners of Anonymous Content.
“Sexy Beast, the series, tells the origin story of Gal Dove, a brilliant thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s. The series will explore the early days of Gal’s complicated relationship with Don Logan, a vicious gangster with whom Gal forms a partnership, the beginnings of his association with criminal mastermind Teddy Bass and how Gal met and fell in love with DeeDee, an adult film star who would become his wife.”