Terrible penny and Sin city Actor Josh Hartnett to direct Sky adaptation of Robert Harris’ financial thriller The fear index, which is housed at The crown producer Left Bank Pictures.
The fidgetcube first revealed last year that The fear index was set up at Sky, and Hartnett will play Dr Alex Hoffmann, a former American physicist, who creates an AI-based system that harnesses fear in financial markets and operates at lightning speed to make big returns.
But on launch day, Alex’s sanity is shaken after being violently attacked in his home by a man who knows all of his security codes. After more unexplained events, Alex becomes convinced that he is trapped.
Other actors include Leila Farzad (I hate Suzie), Arsher Ali (The ritual) and Grégory Montel (Call my agent). David Caffrey (The alienist) runs the four-part limited series, while The fear index is adapted by rising writer Caroline Bartleet and Broadchurch scribe Paul Andrew Williams.
Filming kicks off in Hungary this month, with Left Bank Pictures producing in association with Sky Studios. Executive producers are Andy Harries and Sharon Hughff for Left Bank Pictures and Paul Gilbert for Sky Studios. Nuala O’Leary is the producer. The series was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Content Director, Sky UK and Ireland, and Gilbert. NBCUniversal Global Distribution distributes.