Danny Boyle To Danny Boyle’s FX Series or Michael Bay’s Movie: Who Will Tell This WWII Tale First?

By October 13, 2013


Looks like FX has acquired another high-profile mini-series. With Fargo set to air next spring, Deadline reported on Friday that the network has also made a deal with Slumdog Millionaire team Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, and Christian Colson for “Telemark,” a 10-part miniseries set during WWII.

The mini-series will be written by Beaufoy and tells the story of the destruction of Hitler’s nuclear program by British-trained Norwegian resistance fighters.

Making things all the more interesting though is on the same day, it was announced that Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay had acquired rights to “Sabotage: A Genius Scientist, His Band of Young Commandos, and the Mission to Kill Hitler’s Super Bomb.” a non-fiction book proposal from author Neal Bascomb that tells the exact same story as “Telemark.” Hollywood has a long history of green-lighting identical projects at the same time, but you gotta love that this one is so art vs. commerce. It’s also TV vs. film, so I don’t see any reason that there isn’t room for both versions. I’m not the biggest Michael Bay fan, but I would definitely be interested in checking out his take on those events. Also I love epic mini-series, and this story seems like a perfect fit for that format.

Michael Bay

FX Networks and FX Prods. original programming president Eric Schrier had this to say about their project:

As we all know, some of the very best narrative fiction ever told is currently being created as episodic television. This incredible story is ideally suited to the slower burn and added complexity that the longer format allows. We’re incredibly honored to be working with Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson, who are three of the best filmmakers in the world. “Telemark” is a compelling, powerful and important story, and we know Danny, Simon and Christian will do a masterful job producing it.

According to Boyle:

This is one of the world’s greatest stories, and we want to tell it on an epic scale.

FX is truly creating some amazing television lately, so I have pretty high hopes for this one. This will be the Slumdog trio’s first project for American television. Neither sides have commented on the coincidence, so I guess we’ll just have to see how everything plays out.

Which project are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.