France’s Atlantique Productions and Italy’s Cattleya have entered a co-development and co-production agreement to fashion English-language drama series out of Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 Western Django and Thomas De Quincey’s 1845 psychological fantasy essays Suspiria De Profundis.
Django, to which Quentin Tarantino paid homage in his 2012 Oscar-winning Django Unchained, is positioned as a re-imagining of Corbucci’s classic about a coffin-dragging gunslinger’s feud with a bandit chief. Atlantique acquired the rights for a planned 12-episode drama that will unfold over multiple seasons.
Suspiria De Profundis is inspired by the 19th century English writer De Quincey’s eponymous book. Italian horror maestro Dario Argento turned it into the 1977 film Suspiria. He will act as artistic supervisor on the 12-part series. De Quincey is the main character, styled as a new Sherlock Holmes, the producing partners say. The story will explore psychological fantasies of evil and attempt to solve fearful mysteries. It will be set in London and Rome between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries.
Atlantique CEO, Olivier Bibas, calls the deal “a milestone in our strategy to partner with the most innovative producers in Europe.” Each of the series is designed to have strong political undertones and provide social commentary. Atlantique’s credits include Borgia and Transporter: The Series.
Bibas and creative director Patrick Nebout will act as executive producers on both shows, alongside Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini and Marco Chimenz of Cattleya which is behind acclaimed crime drama Gomorrah.