June 8th, 2021
STUDIOCANAL & SEVEN STORIES ANNOUNCE PETER STRAUGHAN & TOMAS ALFREDSON’s EUROPA
STUDIOCANAL today announce they are set to make espionage thriller EUROPA, based on the acclaimed best-selling Fractured Europe Sequence series of novels by author Dave Hutchinson published by Solaris, an imprint of Rebellion.
Produced by SEVEN STORIES and executive producers Anand Tucker, Colleen Woodcock, Robyn Slovo, Peter Straughan and Tomas Alfredson. EUROPA reunites STUDIOCANAL with writer Peter Straughan, director Tomas Alfredson, and producer Slovo following their collaboration on Academy Award nominated and BAFTA winning production TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY.
The 8 x 1 hour series is written by Peter Straughan (Wolf Hall, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) executive producers are Anand Tucker (Girl with a Pearl Earring, Red Riding), Colleen Woodcock (The Iron Lady), and Robyn Slovo (Mc Mafia, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
The rights deal for the book was brokered by Luke Speed of Curtis Brown Group on behalf of Alexander Cochran of C&W Agency.
Writer Peter Straughan comments “I am thrilled to be adapting Dave Hutchinson’s brilliant blend of sci-fi and spies to the screen, especially as it involves working once more with the wonderful Tomas Alfredson.”
Director Tomas Alfredson comments “I am thrilled to be reunited with Peter Straughan and STUDIOCANAL on EUROPA. EUROPA is a unique blend of classic spy novel and mind bending science fiction. Set in the not too distant future, in a world that for the most part looks and feels very much like our world today, the story offers a rich and thrilling allegory for our contemporary times.”
Executive Producer Anand Tucker adds “EUROPA has been our passion project from the inception of Seven Stories, and we are thrilled to have the dream team of Straughan, Alfredson, Slovo and STUDIOCANAL reunited to bring this amazing story to the world.”
STUDIOCANAL EVP Global Production Ron Halpern expands “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a film all of us at STUDIOCANAL are so proud to have been a part of. We had been hoping for many years to find the right project to work together again on with Peter and Tomas. We have now found it in the series adaptation of Dave Hutchinson’s terrific near future espionage thrillers. We really could not be happier than to work with Peter and Tomas again and look forward to partnering with Anand, Robyn and Colleen to bring their vision to the world.”
Anne Chérel, STUDIOCANAL EVP Global Sales and Distribution concludes “With such an experienced and accomplished team of creatives across every aspect of production we are extremely excited to have this stand-out project available to offer our clients around the world. EUROPA is set to be one of the most daring TV series produced this year – an essential thriller for our times.”
STUDIOCANAL is actively producing a slate of premium international series in-house, as well as through its network of award-winning subsidiary production companies, which includes Germany’s TANDEM Productions (Shadowplay), the UK’s RED Production Company (Years and Years, It’s a Sin), and Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Instinto). The company is also an associate of Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup, Adam Price, and Meta Louise Foldager (Ride Upon the Storm), Benedict Cumberbatch’s SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose) and URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds).
STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating directly in all three major European markets – France, the United Kingdom and Germany – as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting nearly, 6,000 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history, this vast and unique catalogue includes among others the iconic Terminator 2, Rambo, Breathless, Mulholland Drive, The Pianist, The Graduate, The Third Man, and Belle de jour.
STUDIOCANAL has fully financed box office hits Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Paddington 1 and 2, Non Stop, and Shaun the Sheep Movie. Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include
Will Sharpe’s The Electrical Life of Louis Wain starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy, Augustine Frizzell’s The Last Letter from your Lover adapted from Jojo Moyes’ best-selling novel, Navot Papushado’s female action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake and Gil Kenan’s live action A Boy called Christmas.
STUDIOCANAL is actively producing and developing a slate of premium international TV series in-house, as well as through its network of award-winning subsidiary production companies, which includes Germany’s TANDEM Productions (Shadowplay), the UK’s RED Production Company (Years and Years, It’s a Sin, Finding Alice), URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds) and Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Instinto). The company is also an associate of Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup, Adam Price, and Meta Louise Foldager (Ride Upon the Storm) and Benedict Cumberbatch’s SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose).
STUDIOCANAL produces more than 200 hours of TV series each year distributing productions and CANAL+ Creation Originale worldwide with 1,000 hours of current and library content in distribution.
About SEVEN STORIES TV
S7ories, founded by award winning directors, writers and producers Anand Tucker, Sharon Maguire and Colleen Woodcock develops and produces bold, high-end, distinctive drama for the global market. Its credits include Selection Day, produced in India for Netflix, which tells a compelling story of cricket and corruption.
The company is currently developing projects with Disney, Sony and HBO. S7ories is an All3 Media Company.