Paapa Essiedu, a star of the BBC / HBO series I can destroy you, is to title an action thriller Sky that uses a similar narrative device to groundhog day and is written by Joe Barton, the newly unveiled showrunner on HBO Max’s The batman.
Eight parts Extinction follows the story of George (Essiedu), who keeps reliving the same day over and over again. He is recruited into an organization that harnesses this power to prevent global disasters, but becomes a thug in an effort to save the woman he loves. It is presented as a captivating exploration of memory, fate and the limits of love.
Produced by War of the Worlds creator Urban Myth Films, the series also features Tom Burke (Strike), Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard) and Caroline Quentin (Men behave badly). Marco Kreuzpaintner, Director of Amazon’s Beat, is attached to direct.
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Extinction is slated for 2022 and was announced on Monday as one of Sky’s new 125 originals, as the Comcast-owned pay-TV operator nears its goal of spending £ 1bn ($ 1.4bn ) per year in content by 2024. The 125 series, films and documentaries are up 50% from last year, when Sky created shows that included London gangs.
Extinction is produced by Baton, whose credits include Giri / Hajiand Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy from Urban Myth. Urban Myth produces in association with Sky Studios, while Adam Knopf is the producer.
Elsewhere on the Sky drama series slate, the broadcaster has confirmed two shows previously revealed by Deadline: A Modern Adaptation of John Wyndham’s Sci-Fi Novel Midwich cuckoos of The night manager writer David Farr; and police drama Wolfe of Shameless creator Paul Abbott. These last stars Guerrilla and Rogue One actor Babou Ceesay.
Sky also announced a new comedy-drama from Last week tonight with John Oliver and Breeders producer Avalon. Safe space stars Tyrant welcomes Greg Davies as a psychotherapist in a small market town in England, which has a hidden agenda to monitor his patients.
The eight-part series, slated for 2022, is written by Davies and Stephen Morrison. The executive producers are Davies, James Taylor, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner and Toby Welch.