The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. distribution TV rights to SS-GB, the upcoming alternate history thriller from UK-based production house Sid Gentle Films and the BBC, which will air the five-part miniseries in the UK. The project based on Len Deighton’s 1978 novel was adapted by James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and stars Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth. Jason Flemyng, James Cosmo, Aneurin Barnard, Maeve Dermody, Rainer Bock and Lars Eidinger co-star.
The book posits the question what if Germany had won World War II and is set in a Nazi-occupied London in 1941 after the Battle of Britain is lost, Winston Churchill is dead, King George is held prisoner by the SS, military rule is a constant, pockets of Resistance continue to present a threat and neighbors spy on neighbors. Philipp Kadelbach directs and Sid Gentle Films’ Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris are executive producers.
This is the second tie-up between the companies after they partnered on the mini War And Peace starring Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton. It bowed on Lifetime, A&E and History in the U.S. in January.
The series will follow Riley as a Scotland Yard detective who investigates what appears to be a simple black market murder, only to find himself dragged into a much darker and treacherous world involving British atomic weapons research secrets, which the Abwehr is keen to get its hands on.
Said Harvey Weinstein: “It’s great to reunite with Simon Vaughan and the BBC and we’re thrilled to be working with Sally Woodward Gentle and Sid Gentle Films. And with Philipp Kadelbach’s incredible visual depiction of this story, there’s room for another series. This is not just a one off.”
The deal was negotiated by David Glasser, Negeen Yazdi, James Gold, Michal Podell Steinberg and Talia Houminer for TWC with BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point.