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Le Carré meets Bourne’ drama first for Fox

Scripted-logo-460_2Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa has ordered The Nine, a ‘Le Carré meets Bourne’ spy thriller, and the first ever drama original for its nets in the region.

jeff ford newThe Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa unit will show the eight-part scripted series in 50 territories across its footprint.

The show hails from Matthew Parkhill (Rogue) and Simon Maxwell (American Odyssey) and Red Arrow-backed UK prodco Endor will make it for Fox.

Fox Networks Group Content and Distribution will sell it internationally.

The series is being written by Matthew Parkhill, Simon Maxwell and Stephen Thompson (Jericho, Sherlock, Doctor Who).

Set in the UK, US, Iran, Lebanon and France, the series follows Max Easton, an ex-spy, who is brought back into the game to avenge the death of his son.

He finds himself at the heart of a covert intelligence war and a conspiracy to profit from spreading chaos throughout the Middle East. He becomes entwined in a covert intelligence war, and a conspiracy to profit from spreading chaos throughout the Middle East.

Discussing the show, Maxwell and Parkhill said: “We wanted to tell a story set against the backdrop of our dangerous and uncertain times. The Nine unfolds through the eyes of a man caught between two versions of himself, the past and the present.”

sara johnsonThe Nine (WT) was commissioned by Jeff Ford, who added original production to his Fox remit last year, and Sara Johnson, who joined as drama VP for FNG, Europe & Africa, in September.

“Following the huge success we’ve had with our Fox global content, we made a commitment to develop drama for this region specifically, that has the potential to be a success worldwide,” Ford said.

“We are known for quality, premium content and we are thrilled to be partnering with some of the industry’s finest European talent, with global credits, to bring this ambitious and addictive new drama to our 250 million viewers across the territory”.

The Nine is the first regional drama to be developed by FNG Europe & Africa. Pre-production starts in the New Year.