Alex Gibney’s latest documentary Zero Days, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February, is getting a drama series treatment by Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films, part of NBCUniversal International Studios. The dramatic thriller, tentatively titled Stuxnet, will be written by Stephen Schiff (The Americans), with Gibney set to direct as well as produce alongside Marc Shmuger.
The first season will be based on Gibney’s Zero Days, which Shmuger and Gibney produced for Participant Media. Set in the world of true-life cyberwarfare, Zero Days, which was well received at Berlinale, tells for the first time the complete story of the powerful computer virus Stuxnet.
Season 1 of Stuxnet will focus on what happens when a self-replicating computer virus developed by the West to disable and destroy nuclear facilities in the Middle East starts to spread beyond its intended targets, threatening the security of those it was intended to protect. The drama will tell a tale of hackers, spies, nuclear secrets and how one clandestine mission opens the Pandora’s box of cyberwarfare forever – a new era of global conflict without rules.
Carnival’s Nigel Marchant, David O’Donoghue and Gareth Neame will produce alongside Gibney, Stephen Schiff and Marc Shmuger. The show will be a Carnival production in association with Participant Media, distributed by NBCUniversal International Distribution. Participant Media will also executive produce.
Gibney is repped by UTA, Schiff by ICM Partners with Industry Entertainment and Shmuger by Verve. Zero Days was released in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures and sold internationally by FilmNation Entertainment. Part of the Showtime Documentary Films banner, it is set to premiere on the pay cable network on Nov. 19. Here is a trailer: