Brothers Harry and Jack Williams, who wrote the eight-episode original series, will return to write the eight-part second installment, which again will unfold over two time frames but, like FX’s miniseries Fargo, will follow a new case, new characters and new location. New Pictures, Two Brothers Pictures and Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment return as production companies.
“The remarkably talented Williams brothers crafted a beautifully complex and heart-wrenching story with The Missing,” said Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik. “And while the story, character and locations will be different in this new iteration, we anticipate the same captivating longform storytelling and character development that critics and viewers have responded so well to.”
The renewal news comes as the first installment of The Missing, which centers on the psychological fallout and ensuing years-long manhunt resulting from the sudden disappearance of 5-year-old Oliver Hughes, is wrapping its run on BBC today. The finale airs on Starz on January 10. It also followed strong reviews and two Golden Globe nominations, for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and actress Frances O’Connor. Additionally, The Missing netted strong ratings for BBC One, with an average of 7 million.
Willow Grylls, Charlie Pattinson and Elaine Pyke serve as executive producers for New Pictures, Harry and Jack Williams for Two Brothers Pictures, Polly Hill for the BBC and Colin Callender for Playground Entertainment.