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Eddie Redmayne to lead Ronan Bennett’s TV Adaptation of Day of the Jackal
23 Mar 2023 : Luke Shanahan
Ronan Bennett
Irish screenwriter and novelist Ronan Bennett (Top Boy, Gunpowder, Public Enemies) is the writer and showrunner of the upcoming TV adaptation of The Day of the Jackal. The series is based on the 1971 Frederick Forsyth novel about an assassin contracted to kill French president Charles de Gaulle, as well as the subsequent 1973 film adaptation of the same name from Universal Pictures.

Eddie Redmayne (The Good Nurse) will lead the series as well as executive produce. The upcoming adaptation is being described as “bold, modern reimagining of the beloved and respected novel and film”. Whereas the novel and film adaptation the series is based upon was set in 1962, the upcoming thriller series is set against a contemporary geo-political landscape.

“We’re excited to adapt this internationally recognized classic into an updated, timely, political thriller.” Said Lis Katz, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming President of Scripted Content, speaking to Deadline. “Shepherded by novelist and showrunner Ronan Bennett and Carnival, this action-packed high-stakes drama is sure to be an edge-of-your seat adventure.”

Day of the Jackal is directed by Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Luther, Boardwalk Empire), and produced by Carnival Pictures (Downton Abbey, The Lost Kingdom) which is part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. The series was commissioned by Sky Studios and Peacock, and is executive produced by Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant for Carnival, and by Sam Hoyle for Sky Studios. Christopher Hall will also produce.

“We are excited to bring to life Ronan Bennett’s re-imagining of Forsyth’s revered thriller in the complex world in which we live today and are incredibly fortunate to have an actor of Eddie’s calibre as our Jackal,” said Gareth Neame, CEO and executive producer at Carnival Films speaking to The Hollywood Reporter. “Paired with Ronan’s screenplay and Brian Kirk’s direction, this is a first-class creative team.”

Production on the series begins this year. 

The series will be available on Sky in Ireland, the UK, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and on Peacock in the US.





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