Published On: Sat, Jul 29th, 2017

Chernobyl series to mark Sky/HBO super deal



A mini-series based on the Chernobyl disaster has been announced as the first product of a global deal between Sky and HBO.

Chernobyl will star Mad Men and The Crown actor Jared Harris in the main part, playing a Soviet scientist sent by the Kremlin to investigate the nuclear accident.

It will be the first programme to be green lit under a $250m (£190m) global deal signed between the two broadcast giants.

It will focus on the nuclear plant disaster in Ukraine in 1986, revealing how and why it happened and telling the stories of the people who risked their lives to save others.

The show has been written by Craig Mazin from the fantasy film The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and directed by Johan Renck from Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

“From the moment Craig Mazin pitched us the story, we were convinced that this all-too-true tale of horror and redemption needed to be told. It will engage – and enrage – our viewers, as well as audiences around the world,” HBO’s Kary Antholis said.

“The scale of the production makes it a perfect first project for our co-production partnership with HBO,” said Gary Davey from Sky Atlantic.

“HBO and Sky have for many years shared a common creative culture and a common vision for the development of high-quality drama,” said Jeremy Darroch, group CEO at Sky.

“This new venture deepens that relationship, maintains our leadership position in world-class content, provides great opportunities for indies and gives our customers even more opportunity to enjoy brilliant story telling.”

Chernobyl will begin filming in Lithuania in Spring 2018.


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