10 huge TV projects from 10 film directors coming in 2018
- Henry Northmore
- 8 February 2018
Steven Soderbergh on Haywire set / credit: Claudette Barius
New projects from Danny Boyle, Michael Mann, the Coen Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Michael Haneke and more
Everything has changed. Once upon a time film stars headed to TV when their career hit the skids, but nowadays pretty much every big name actor has a television project in the works. Unsurprisingly, movie directors are also turning their attention to TV. Recent years have seen amazing dramas from the likes of Martin Scorsese (Boardwalk Empire, Vinyl), Jane Campion (Top of the Lake), Spike Lee (2017's remake of She's Gotta Have It) and David Fincher (House of Cards and Mindhunter).
2018 already looks like another peak year, with brand new shows from some of the biggest directors in Hollywood, including several making their small-screen debut.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (The Coen Brothers)
The first TV series from the Coens. Not many details in regards to plot but we do know it's an anthology set in the old west. Tim Blake Nelson takes the title role alongside Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan and Brendan Gleeson with all six episodes written, directed and produced by Joel and Ethan. No dates as yet but expect it to drop on Netflix in 2018.
Guantanamo (Oliver Stone)
A drama set in the notorious detention camp in Cuba with Stone poised to direct. However due to Harvey Weinstein's involvement as a producer it looks like Stone has dropped out. Hopefully Weinstein can be scrubbed from the production and Guantanamo can be rescued from limbo as it sounds like an intriguing prospect.
Mosaic (Steven Soderbergh)
Soderbergh has attempted something different with Mosaic. This interactive murder mystery originally launched as an iOS and Android mobile app, users couldn't effect events but they could delve deeper into the story reading extra documents, emails, police reports, etc and choose different viewing angles and perspectives. Unfortunately the app is only available in the US, but HBO bundled up the content into a six-part TV series screening on Sky Atlantic from Sat 17 Feb.
Hue 1968 (Michael Mann)
The Vietnam War was a mess. Ten-part miniseries Hue 1968 tells the story of the Tet Offensive based on Mark Bowden's book of the same name (subtitled The Turning Point in the American war in Vietnam). Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral / Miami Vice) will produce and direct several episodes. Screening on FX in America making FOX (UK) it's most likely home in the UK.
Kelvin's Book (Michael Haneke)
Haneke recently stated: 'After ten TV-movies and 12 films, I wanted to tell a longer story for once.' The award-winning director of Funny Games, Hidden, Amour and The White Ribbon is working with FremantleMedia's UFA Fiction (who also produced American Gods and Hard Sun) for this ten-part series about a group of youngsters who are 'confronted with the actual face of their home country for the first time' in a dystopian future. Too early in production to confirm any distribution details as yet.
Locke & Key (Andy Muschietti)
Stephen King is huge again. There are several TV adaptations on the way (including Castle Rock and Sleeping Beauties), but Locke & Key is actually based on a series of graphic novels written by King's son Joe Hill, about a set of keys that can open other dimensions. Fox took a stab back in 2011, but it never got past the pilot stage. Now Hulu are giving it another shot, with Andy Muschietti (who recently directed It, now officially the highest grossing horror movie of all time) directing the first episode. Hulu's other big hit, The Handmaid's Tale, made it to Channel 4 in the UK so here's hoping they also pick up Locke & Key.
Trust (Danny Boyle)
In an example of film / TV synchronisation, Trust follows the same real life story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III that was recently seen in Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World. Produced and directed by Danny Boyle, this version expands the drama over ten episodes and stars Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank and Brendan Fraser. Confirmed for Sky Atlantic this spring.
Maniac (Cary Fukunaga)
True Detective's Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) teams up with writer Patrick Somerville for this remake of a 2014 Norwegian TV series based on the fantasy world of two patients confined to a mental institution (played by Jonah Hill and Emma Stone). Coming to Netflix in 2018.
Rain (Chad Stahelski)
Chad Stahelski might not be the most famous director on this list but with recent hits John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 he's made a splash in the world of action. Once again he's teaming up with Keanu Reeves, this time for a miniseries based on a series of novels by Barry Eisler about a master assassin who makes his victims look like they died of natural causes. Still in the early stages with no official release date (or even channel) confirmed.
Sharp Objects (Jean-Marc Vallée)
Gillian Flynn wrote best seller Gone Girl. Sharp Objects was her début novel and follows a journalist returning to her home town to report on a series of grisly child murders (and confront her damaged relationship with her family). Amy Adams takes the lead with director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) following up his Emmy-winning directorial role on Big Little Lies. Screening on HBO this summer so expect it to arrive on Sky Atlantic (tbc) around the same time.