Now that FX has figured out exactly how to work American Horror Story as a proper miniseries, taking over awards shows in the process, it’s become apparent that they don’t mind getting into the business of making modern miniseries. (The network's small screen limited series, Fargo, is currently carving out a stellar cast.) They’re upping the ante for an upcoming project, with EW reporting the Oscar-winning trio of Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson are all on board for a 10-part World War II miniseries called Telemark. Danny Boyle and World War II? Why doesn’t FX just admit it's trying to hijack next year's Emmys?
Telemark will be the first television project for the trio as a whole, although they worked together on 2008’s Best Picture winner Slumdog Millionaire, which earned Boyle the Best Director trophy and Beaufoy the Best Adapted Screenplay award. They also teamed up for 2010’s 127 Hours, which was nominated for a bunch of Oscars, though it didn’t win any. Colson also produced Boyle’s latest film, Trance.
Not your average war drama, Telemark is based on the true story of British-trained Norwegian resistance fighters who, among many other things, were responsible for sabotaging Hitler’s nuclear weapons program during World War II. A series about Norwegian soldiers in Germany should certainly open the doors up for a literal world of actors to come forth and make their name on. Boyle’s films are generally melting pots of nationalities, so it’ll be interesting to see who will star. Fingers crossed for Cillian Murphy and James McAvoy. FX president of original programming Eric Schrier had some nice things to say about the mini this week.
“Telemark is a compelling, powerful and important story, and we know Danny, Simon and Christian will do a masterful job producing it."
Beaufoy, who last wrote 2011’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, will be penning the entire series. Millions of people all over the planet will be eating his words up soon, though, as he was one of the co-writers of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Boyle recently signed on to adapt the heist documentary Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers, and is also set to film a pilot for the upcoming U.K. police drama, Babylon, which is set to air next year. And maybe one day he’ll get around to filming that Trainspotting sequel.
For an informative look at the WWII Norwegian Resistance, check out the video below.