Showtime is developing an American drama series version of the three-part BBC One thriller miniseries The Driver. David Morrissey, who starred in and executive produced the UK mini, is set to reprise his role and topline the Showtime project, which he also will executive produce. Justified executive producer Taylor Elmore will pen the adaptation with the original’s writer Danny Brocklehurst. CBS TV Studios, where Elmore is under an overall deal, is the studio.
Co-created by Brocklehurst and directed by Jamie Payne, the original mini, which Brocklehurst wrote on spec, is about an ordinary man, a taxi driver (Morrissey) who – because of family mystery, frustration with his job and his life – makes a terrible decision and starts working for a criminal. (watch a trailer below)
Executive producing with Elmore are CBS TV Studios-based Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (Showtime’s Masters Of Sex), as well as Morrissey and Jolyon Symonds, through their new company On The Corner, another executive producer on the British mini, Nicola Shindler of RED Production Company, and Silver Lining Entertainment’s Jeff Golenberg and Matt Goldman.
“The Driver contains subjects I love to explore – ordinary people in extraordinary situations, father and son relationships, double lives, the lies we tell ourselves, the need to escape the mundane,”Brocklehurst wrote on the BBC site. “But most of all, I’m proud of the fact that we have mixed together a character drama and a thriller and come out with a show that can break your heart, whilst also having some kick ass car chases.”
In the U.S., Morrissey, repped by UTA, Silver Lining and UK’s Troika Talent, recently played The Governor on AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Elmore, repped by UTA and attorney Bruce Gellman, has been on Justified for the past five seasons, having started as a co-producer. He had the Wall Street CBS pilot last season with CBS Studios and Timberman/Beverly.
Brocklehurst is repped by UTA, Thruline and United Agents in the UK; On the Corner is with UTA; Beverly and Timberman with CAA.