Eleventh Hour Films (EHF) and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) have announced that acclaimed “Das Boot” director Andreas Prochaska will direct the drama series, “Alex Rider,” based on the best-selling young-adult novels written by Anthony Horowitz.
The renowned Austrian director, Prochaska, will direct and executive produce the first four episodes of the drama based on Point Blanc, the second book in the Horowitz series, which is being adapted for screen by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Guy Burt (Bletchley Circle, The Borgias, The Hole).
Prochaska recently directed the highly anticipated World War II drama “Das Boot” (2018), inspired by the Oscar nominated submarine movie. The epic eight-part TV series is shot in German, French and English and arrives in Sky territories beginning in November. Hulu also picked up the series for the U.S.
Prochaska’s credits include feature “The Dark Valley” starring Sam Riley and TV movie “A Day for a Miracle” which won an International Emmy award. Prochaska has twice broken box office records in Austria including in 2006 with his teen horror-thriller “Dead in 3 Days” as well as picked up numerous awards for his work including the Austrian Film award for Best Movie and Best Director.
EHF, optioned the screen rights to Horowitz’s novels last year, which chart the adventures of a reluctant teen spy on his missions to save the world. The international bestselling series of novels were first introduced by Horowitz in 2000. They became a global phenomenon, especially among young adult male readers, selling over 19 million copies worldwide, with the books translated into 28 languages.
Eve Gutierrez, Exec Producer and Head of Talent at EHF said: “We are delighted to be working with visionary director Andreas Prochaska. Andreas’ work whether for the big or small screen is always underpinned by thrilling, emotional experiences making him the perfect choice for Alex Rider”.
Wayne Garvie, President International Production said: “Andreas has a captivating and authentic style of storytelling and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board. We can’t wait to start the search for our new Alex with Andreas leading the way!”.
Andreas Prochaska said: “Within the first few pages of reading Guy Burt's compelling scripts for the series I was hooked. Guy has taken Anthony’s brilliant, well-loved character and created a bold and unique concept, a coming of age story set in the clandestine world of spies sure to excite fans and newcomers alike. It’s great to be working with Eve, Jill and the Eleventh Hour team along with Sony Pictures Television on such a thrilling show. I can’t wait to get started”.
EHF are producing the project with SPT’s International Production and Worldwide Distribution divisions. SPT will handle sales internationally. EHF’s Gutierrez and Jill Green will executive produce alongside Prochaska, Horowitz and Burt. Casting to begin by the end of the year.
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