EXCLUSIVE– Archery Pictures, the newbie production company set up less than a year ago by well-respected UK-based producers Kris Thykier and Liza Marshall, has come on-board to produce the Cote d’Azur-based TV crime drama Riviera with Neil Jordan (The Borgias) set to write, direct and showrun. The project is the brainchild of Paul McGuinness, rock group U2’s longtime former manager, with John Banville (Albert Nobbs) co-writing.
A family crime drama set in the sexy-glamorous-sleazy world of the French Riviera, the project, designed to be a returning series, is attracting much interest from broadcasters with multiple offers currently on the table. A rep for Archery Pictures declined to comment when contacted.
Archery has quietly built up an impressive slate during the last few months under the helm of Thykier and former Scott Free head Liza Marshall. On the TV front Deadline has learned that the company is developing Mafiya, a 10 part TV series written by William Nicholson (Gladiator), about the rise to power of a Russian oligarch, in association with Monumental Pictures. The company has also scored a strategic partnership with Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky. Archery and the Kosminsky are collaborating on up to four new projects, with details to be revealed shortly.
Thykier has spent much of 2015 on set in Azerbaijan filming the epic love story Ali & Nino, starring Adam Bakri and Maria Valverde, with Asif Kapadia (Amy) directing the big-screen adaptation of Kurban Said’s best-selling Azerbaijan-set novel about two star-crossed lovers. Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons) has written the script, with IM Global handling sales.
Archery’s film division has also optioned a project from Atlantis and Misfits creator Howard Overman that is attracting strong studio interest.