Artists Studio – the Endemol owned indie founded in 2009 that is arguably best known for producing BBC Two’s The Fall – is teaming up with Jean-Benoît Gillig and his production company Léonis to develop Anglo-French miniseries Faceless.
Faceless is described as a thriller that dynamites Anglo French entente cordiale and blows open the cracks at the heart of the European project. It will take audiences on a wild ride through the corridors of power on both sides of the Channel, involving murder, betrayal, blackmail, high stakes diplomacy and state sponsored cyber-crime, heralding the start of a frightening new age of virtual warfare.
This comes after Artists Studio and Léonis worked together to develop and produce a French adaptation of The Fall, known as Insoupconnable (pictured, left). The French adaptation stars Emmanuelle Seigner, Melvil Poupaud, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Claire Keim. It premiered in Lille as part of Series Mania and will launch on TF1 later this year.
Faceless is envisioned as an eight episode mini and is being scripted by Virginie Brac, who penned the French adaptation of The Fall, and Oliver Butcher, the Hollywood screenwriter behind Unknown and Message From The King. The executive producers are Gub Neal for Artists Studio and Jean-Benoît Gillig for Léonis. Justin Thomson, who has a twenty year relationship with Neal, will also EP via his recently launched company DoveTale, which packages high profile television projects and provides executive producer services to key producers and talent.