Giancarlo Esposito is staying put at AMC.
AMC Networks at present introduced that it had greenlit a brand new dramatic collection for 2023 starring the Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star.
Produced by AMC Studios, in affiliation with A+E Studios and Thruline Entertainment, The Driver could have a six-episode first season and premiere subsequent 12 months on AMC+ and AMC.
Sunu Gonera (Class of 09) and Danny Brocklehurst (The Stranger) created the collection based mostly on a U.Okay. format created by Brocklehurst and Jim Poyser.
Gonera and Brocklehurst reimagined the U.Okay. format right into a one-hour drama collection a couple of taxi driver (Esposito) whose life is turned the wrong way up when he agrees to chauffer a New Orleans-based Zimbabwean gangster infamous for exploiting undocumented immigrants on the U.S. southern ports.
Theo Travers (Billions) will function showrunner and Gonera will direct the pilot.
“Giancarlo is a singular talent who is already beloved by AMC viewers through his standout performances in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul,” stated Dan McDermott, president of leisure and AMC Studios for AMC Networks.
“We are excited to be continuing his relationship with AMC and AMC+ in a series built around him and an unforgettable character who takes what he thinks is a straightforward job opportunity and finds himself confronted with a world that tests him in ways he could never have imagined.”
Esposito stated: “I’m over the moon excited, enthused, and impressed to be in collaboration with the stellar community and artistic group of AMC!”
“Thanks for believing in me. It’s nice to be again dwelling!”
Brocklehurst stated: “It is a pleasure and a privilege to be working with AMC on this bold reimagining of my U.K. mini-series. Sunu Gonera and Theo Travers have both brought superb original voices to the premise and I am thrilled to be going on this ride with them.”
Gonera stated: “It’s surreal to be at this level. This complete journey began as a easy dialog 4 years in the past in my supervisor Josh Kesselman’s lounge when he stated, ‘Giancarlo is eager to play an everyman as his subsequent position.”‘
‘”There’s a British present he loves referred to as The Driver. Would you watch the pilot and see in the event you might give you a take you each might get enthusiastic about?’ Um, would I? You had me at Giancarlo and everyman.”
Travers stated: “I could not be extra excited to assist convey this present to life. I’ve been a fan of Giancarlo’s work since Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing.’ It’s a real honor to have the prospect to collaborate with him on this manner.”
“The Driver is a high-voltage, dark identity quest for an everyman trying to find renewed purpose in his life. We’re rooting for Vince as he goes down this wild and nihilistic route to discover who he once was, and in many ways still is, because it gets him out of a stuck place.”
“That’s the place a whole lot of us really feel we’re proper now, which makes this collection so well timed for at present.”
“We are thrilled to partner with AMC Studios and Giancarlo Esposito on The Driver, a timely and thought-provoking must-watch series that addresses our current cultural changes and is sure to resonate with viewers,” stated Barry Jossen, president, and head of A+E Studios and Tana Jamieson, government vice chairman, inventive affairs for A+E Studios.
“Together with Danny Brocklehurst, Sunu Gonera and Theo Travers, A+E Studios and our producing partners at Thruline will deliver another high-quality show for AMC.”
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