In August, the UK’s Channel 4 announced that Danny Boyle would be directing the pilot for “Babylon,” a comedy drama “set in the world of modern policing” and written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, of “Peep Show” and “Four Lions.” And this afternoon, FX announced that Boyle and his “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours” collaborators Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson will be producing “Telemark” for the network, a 10-part miniseries set during World War II.
Based on the story of Norwegian resistance fighters, trained by the British, who sabotaged Hitler’s nuclear development program, “Telemark” will by written by Beaufoy and produced by Cloud Eight/Decibel Films. This is the first project the Oscar-winning trio have made for US television.
“As we all know, some of the very best narrative fiction ever told is currently being created as episodic television,” said Beaufoy, the now familiar refrain. “This incredible story is ideally suited to the slower burn and added complexity that the longer format allows and I can’t wait to get my teeth into this.”
Boyle added that “This is one of the world’s greatest stories, and we want to tell it on an epic scale.”
FX announced its intentions to move into limited series earlier this year. It’s already greenlit a 10-episode “Fargo” miniseries to air in the spring.