“Boardwalk Empire’s” Jack Huston will star in a new action/thriller series inspired by “The Count of Monte Cristo,” Alexandre Dumas’ timeless novel. It is being developed by Constantin Film and will be directed by Stephen Hung (“Into the Badlands”).
Huston will play a broken man who, upon escaping his imprisonment, sets out to find justice in an increasingly corrupt world.
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The series will be set in Asia and the US. As well as appearing on screen, Huston will write and executive produce the show, alongside his partners Ian Duncan and Simon Boyes.
“It has long been a dream of ours to take what we consider to be one of the great works of literature and present it to a modern audience in a unique and compelling way,” said Huston, Duncan and Boyes. “We couldn’t be more excited to have partnered with Constantin, Stephen, and Tea Shop to reimagine this incredible story and bring it to life.”
“I am thrilled to board this journey with Jack, Ian, Simon and Constantin. I believe we share the same passion and excitement to reimagine this classic tale of revenge and redemption,“ Fung said.
Oliver Berben and Robert Kulzer will executive produce for Constantin Film while executive VP of TV Brandon Zimon and creative executives Colin Scully and Alex Westmore will oversee the project.
“Jack, Ian and Simon have taken one the most beloved novels of all time, spun it on its head and added equal doses of ‘Succession,’ ‘Old Boy’ and ‘John Wick’ to create a high octane, epic East/West thriller,” said Robert Kulzer .
Huston is represented by UTA, Untitled, Narrative and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman. Boyes is represented by ICM and 3 Arts Entertainment. Duncan is represented by The Artists Partnership. Fung is represented by Gersh, Philip Button’s Seven XV Ventures, and Patrick Knapp from Goodman Genow.