BBC One is already partnered with David Farr on its star-studded upcoming AMC co-production, The Night Manager. The network is again teaming with Farr for an ambitious new drama, Troy – Fall Of A City. Produced by Humans maker Kudos for the BBC, the multi-part series will retell the fall of Troy from the perspective of one family.
Derek Wax (Humans) and Farr will exec produce for Kudos; Matthew Read is exec producer for the BBC. Casting ist still to come in 2016.
Described as an epic tale of love, revenge, intrigue and bloodshed, it’s set against the backdrop of the war between Greece and Troy and focuses on the collapse of one family. It will go back to the saga’s origins: the judgment of Paris, his passionate elopement with Helen, and the ill-starred prophecy surrounding his birth.
When the baby Paris is born, the omens foretell that he will bring about the downfall of the city. Queen Hecuba and King Priam are forced to choose whether to abandon their newborn son to the wolves or save him, but risk the safety of their kingdom. Their choice will decide not only the fate of their child, but the very existence of Troy.
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One says, “David Farr’s bold and visceral rendition of the 3,000 year old story, told across multiple parts and for the first time from the Trojan point of view will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen on BBC One before.”
Farr, who wrote the screenplay for feature HHHH, which is currently shooting with Jason Clarke, adds, “The story of Ilium, the ancient city of Troy, has always gripped me. Fall Of A City aims to convey in all its emotional richness, the effects of war, and the toll taken on city and family by the horrors of siege. Though one of Europe’s oldest stories, it could not be more sadly pertinent today.”