H&V Entertainment and ZDF produce new espionage series SPY CITY Starring Dominic Cooper
H&V Entertainment, ZDF and Miramax announce the development of a new television drama, SPY CITY, written by renowned novelist and screenwriter, William Boyd (Solo, Chaplin, A Good Man in Africa). The six-part spy thriller series directed by German-Portuguese filmmaker, Miguel Alexandre, will star Dominic Cooper (Preacher, Mamma Mia, My Week with Marilyn) along with international stars, Johanna Wokalek (Pope Joan, The Baader Meinhof Complex) and Leonie Benesch (The Crown, Babylon Berlin). Production is scheduled for August 2019 in Berlin and Prague.
SPY CITY follows the story of an English spy (Cooper) sent to Berlin in 1961 to sift out a traitor in the UK Embassy or among the Allies, shortly before the peak of the Cold War and construction of the Berlin Wall. American, British and French troops in West Berlin are separated from their Soviet and East German counterparts by nothing more than an imaginary line. Teeming with spies & double agents - among them the beautiful and dangerous "Severine" (still being cast) - and permeated by a culture of subterfuge and sabotage, one wrong move in this city could trigger the looming threat of nuclear war. SPY CITY transports viewers back in time as witnesses to the perilous tribulations and thrilling adventures of the spies, traitors, burglars, artists and everyday civilians trying to survive in what Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev declared, “the most dangerous place on earth.” Not knowing who they can trust, the complicated relationships of these Berlin inhabitants intertwine into a tale of revenge and betrayal.
This Cold War thriller will be developed into six forty-five-minute episodes. Production will be overseen by a universal group of acclaimed producers including, Mischa Hofmann, Britta Meyermann and Ann-Kathrin Eicher, as well as Co-Producers Colleen Woodcock and Anand Tucker. Eden Rock Media's Thomas Augsberger and Miramax’s Bill Block & Caitlin Foito will executive produce alongside Wolfgang Feindt & Annika Schmidt at ZDF.
SPY CITY is a production of H&V Entertainment GmbH, owned by Odeon Film AG, in co-production with ZDF, Seven Stories (UK) and Wilma Film (CZ) and is supported by FFF Bavaria, Nordmedia, German Motion Picture Fund and Czech Film Fund.