UPDATES with Rebellion co-production: Sky Atlantic and Canal Plus’ heist drama The Last Panthers is world premiering tonight here at Mipcom in Cannes. While the traditional opening night red carpet has been cancelled due to logistic issues brought about by the violent storms that battered the Riviera over the weekend, the show is going — and has a new co-producer aboard. SundanceTV is partnering on the six-part crime series with a spring 2016 air date planned in the U.S. Sky said last week that it would simulcast Last Panthers to its 21M subscribers in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria on November 12. Canal Plus is eyeing a French launch for later this year.
Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim, Goran Bogdan and John Hurt star is the Haut et Court and Warp Films production which is inspired by a real-life gang of Balkan jewel thieves. Set in modern day Europe, it’s based on an idea by French journalist Jérôme Pierrat, and co-created and written by Jack Thorne (Skins). Breaking Bad‘s Johan Renck is director and the opening title music is by David Bowie.
The series kicks off with a daring diamond heist bearing all the hallmarks of a gang known as the Pink Panthers. But the tragic death of a little girl during the raid sets a collision course in motion involving a British insurance agent, a French-Algerian cop and a Serbian diamond thief. Studiocanal and Sky Vision jointly handle sales.
Check out the trailer below:
SundanceTV also is teaming up with Zodiak Rights on RTÉ drama Rebellion for premiere in early 2016. The five-part series charts the birth of modern Ireland during one of the most disruptive and terrifying periods in history beginning with the outbreak of World War I.
Brian Gleeson (Snow White and the Huntsman); Charlie Murphy (Philomena); Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones); Ruth Bradley (Humans) and Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) star. Rob Pursey, Jane Gogan, Colin Teevan, David Crean and Clare Alan are exec producing. The drama is produced by Touchpaper Television and Zodiak Media Ireland for RTÉ, in co-production with SundanceTV, and is written by Colin Teevan, directed by Aku Louhimies, and produced by Catherine Magee. Rebellion will air on SundanceTV and RTÉ One in early 2016, and is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence fee.