Nevision and Lionsgate have inked a deal to co-develop and produce Oil, an eight episode geo-political thriller series which hails from Alan Whiting (Kingdom), Matthew Faulk (Titanic: Blood & Steel) and Mark Skeet (Vanity Fair).
Oil is set in the early 1970s in the Persian Gulf and follows the hedonistic world of ex-pats. They are a powerful, displaced people in a foreign land they all but own and who consider the black gold under the desert theirs to take. But what they don’t know is that they are sitting on a powder keg and it’s about to blow.
Series creators Alan Whiting, Matthew Faulk and Mark Skeet will executive produce alongside Lionsgate’s Creative Director of UK Television Steve November,Head of Development Sarah Conroy and Nevision’s Neil Zeiger and Sharon Bloom. Filming will take place in the Gulf, Beirut, London and New York.
“We are excited to be joining Nevision to tell this gripping and seductive story about the men and women who shaped the world as we know it now”, Lionsgate’s Steve November said in a statement. “Matthew, Mark, Alan, Neil & Sharon are a formidable creative team with all the vision and experience to bring this spectacular world to life.”
While Neil Zeiger, Executive Producer at Nevision, added: “Lionsgate is the perfect partner for Nevision to develop and produce this series. Alan, Mark and Matthew have such a strong vision and we share Steve’s and Sarah’s enthusiasm for it. We very much look forward to working with them to bring the world of Oil to the screen.”