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Gareth Evans Developing TV Series Gangs of London For Cinemax

November 21, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Deadline reports that director Gareth Evans is developing a new big-budget drama series called Gangs of London for HBO’s Cinemax and Sky Atlantic. It will be produced by Pulse Films and Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures. The series debuts in 2019.

Here’s a synopsis: Gangs of London is set in contemporary London as it is becoming torn apart by power struggles involving a number of international gangs. The series begins as the head of one criminal gang is assassinated and the power vacuum threatens the fragile peace between the other underworld organisations.

The series is based on an original idea from Evans and is unrelated to the Playstation Portable video game of the same name. Pulse Films previously optioned that game for a film, directed by Menhaj Huda. Peter Berry, Claire Wilson, Matt Flannery and Joe Murtagh will write with Evans, who will direct. Other executive producers include Pulse Films’ Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa, along with Featherstone and Sky’s Anna Ferguson. It was commissioned by Sky’s Head of Drama Anne Mensah and Kary Antholis, President of Miniseries at HBO and President of Programming at Cinemax.

Evans said he hopes the series will present a “cinematic viewing experience” into U.S and UK homes. He added: “It has been a thrilling experience to leap into longform storytelling, exploring a multicultural world of global crime as it intersects on the streets of London.

Mensah said the show is “unrivalled spectacle with characters to match”, while Antholis added that it was a “fun, adrenalized and entertaining series that will be catnip for audiences”. Pulse Films Founder and Chief Executive Thomas Benski said it is the “ideal calling card” for the launch of Pulse’s TV production.