Sky Atlantic and Starz are teaming for a new 13 episode drama series. The two Pay TV channels have given the green-light to Fortitude, from Tiger Aspect Productions and Fifty Fathoms, which is being described as Sky’s “most ambitious drama” commission to date. This is BSkyB’s third trans-atlantic co-production, the company’s flasghip channel Sky1 co-produced Strike Back with Cinemax and their Sky Living channel is also co-producing Dracula with NBC. For Starz, this is the second co-production for their original scripted slate, with the other being The White Queen, which is a co-production with BBC One. Casting on the series is currently underway, with production slated to commence later this year. Fortitude will air on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Starz in the US in 2014.
Created by Simon Donald, Fortitude is set in the town of the same name which is surrounded by the savage beauty of the Arctic landscape. Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now. In such a close-knit community a murder touches everyone and the unsettling horror of this crime threatens the future of the town itself. Sheriff Dan Anderssen is the local Head of Police. Dan leads a world class search and rescue team but now finds himself investigating the brutal and shocking murder of a British research scientist. And he is forced to work alongside DCI Milton Caldwell, a British detective who’s just flown into Fortitude. As the search for the killer proceeds and the list of suspects grows, each cop finds compelling reasons to mistrust the other. And as the endless summer nights give way once more to the Arctic darkness this apparently idyllic community struggles to make sense of the murderous terror that’s been let loose in its heart. Fortitude is produced by Tiger Aspect Production and Fifty Fathoms, with Anne Mensah, Madonna Baptiste, Colin Callender, Simon Donald and Patrick Spence serving as executive producers.
Speaking of Fortitude, Anne Mensah, Sky’s Head of Drama, said: “Fortitude is a dark and adult drama, which will sit perfectly alongside the wealth of high-end content that our customers have come to expect on Sky Atlantic. I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Starz on this, our most ambitious drama to date.”
While Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Original Programming at Starz, added: “Fortitude is another exciting project with Colin Callender that we are thrilled to collaborate with Sky Atlantic on to bring to the United States. Starz is known for larger than life, cinematic programming and we expect nothing less from this unique new series.”