European pay-TV operator Sky has greenlit manufacturing of Italian jail drama “The King,” toplining Luca Zingaretti, finest generally known as the titular character within the common “Inspector Montalbano” collection.
In “The King” Zingaretti will play Buno Testori, chief of the San Michele penitentiary, the place “he applies his personal private thought of justice,” in accordance with a Sky synopsis. The modern show is being produced for Sky by Lorenzo Mieli’s shingle The Apartment in collaboration with Wildside, producer of “The New Pope” and “My Brilliant Friend.” Both are Fremantle-owned firms.
Shooting on the eight-episode collection, directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi (“1992”), is predicted to start out by early subsequent 12 months in Rome, Turin, and Trieste areas. Fremantle is dealing with worldwide gross sales.
The screenplay of “The King” is penned by Stefano Bises (“Gomorrah”), Peppe Fiore (“The Young Pope”), Bernardo Pellegrini (“Non Uccidere), and Davide Serino (“The Comedians”).
According to the Sky synopsis, the San Michele jail just isn’t topic to Italian regulation. Instead the regulation is Bruno Testori, who’s “ruthless with those that deserve it and unexpectedly merciful with others, at all times in accordance with his personal distorted and obscure morality.”
“But when his kingdom dangers collapse, threatened by an imminent hazard, Bruno finds himself preventing probably the most tough warfare of his life,” the synopsis reads.
“It took years of working with Luca (Zingaretti) and the writers to lastly get to the place we’re at present with ‘The King,’” Mieli mentioned in a press release.
Sky Italia exec VP programming Nicola Maccanico, underlined that Zingaretti, who’s amongst Italy’s “hottest and well-loved actors,” as he put it, now “joins the world of Sky, in a darkish function that’s nothing like something he has ever finished earlier than.”
“This might be one of the simplest ways to explain not solely the course that we’ve taken with our collection work, but in addition the way in which we want to increase the horizon of our originals,” Maccanico added.
“Montalbano,” through which Zingaretti performs thetitular Sicilian sleuth who’s a Mafia preventing foodie,airs on pubcaster RAI the place it’s a common rankings champ. The show has been exported throughout Europe – it performs on the BBC within the U.Ok.– and in addition within the U.S.