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MCMAFIA (AMC)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
11/15/16
STATUS:
currently in development (2017-2018 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to series
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
eight episodes
DESCRIPTION:
(from AMC's press release, November 2016) AMC and BBC Worldwide North America announced today a new co-production deal for McMafia, an epic drama series set in the international world of organized crime starring James Norton (Happy Valley, War & Peace) as the lead character, Alex Godman. Co-produced by AMC, BBC and Cuba Pictures (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Coalition, London Road, Boy A), in association with Twickenham Studios, McMafia is created and written by Academy Award(R)-nominated screenwriter and film director Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White And The Huntsman) and James Watkins (The Woman in Black, Bastille Day) - who will be directing all eight episodes - and is inspired by Misha Glenny's 2008 best-selling book of the same name. Production has begun in London. McMafia charts Godman's (James Norton) journey as he is drawn deeper and deeper into the criminal world. The series has lined up an all-star international cast including David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Good Night, and Good Luck) as Semiyon Kleiman, a well-connected Israeli businessman with a twinkle in his eye that betrays deeper secrets. Juliet Rylance (The Knick, American Gothic) portrays Rebecca Harper, Alex's strong-willed and morally upright British girlfriend, Aleksey Serebryakov (The Method, Leviathan) will play Dimitri, Alex's father and the exiled head of the Russian mafia. Maria Shukshina (Yolki 3) has been cast as Oksana, Alex's socialite mother, and Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Pride) rounds out the cast in the role of Katya, Alex's sister. Godman (Norton) is the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, who has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca. But when his family's past murderously returns to threaten them, Alex is drawn into the criminal world and forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Aleksey Serebryakov as Dimitri
· David Strathairn as Semiyon Kleiman
· Faye Marsay as Katya
· James Norton as Alex Godman
· Juliet Rylance as Rebecca Harper
· Maria Shukshina as Oksana
CREW INFORMATION:
· Ben Hall as EP
· Dixie Linder as EP
· Hossein Amini as CRTR/EP/DIR (Pilot)
· James Watkins as CRTR/EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Matthew Read as EP
· Misha Glenny as BOOK/EP
· Nick Marston as EP
· Paul Ritchie as PROD
· Robyn Slovo as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· AMC Studios
· BBC Worldwide Productions
· Cuba Pictures
· Twickenham Studios