An Alex Rider TV series is officially happening with Andreas Prochaska in the director's chair. Prochaska most recently directed a Das Boot TV series for Sky and Hulu, which has yet to air, and has now moved on to his next major small screen project. The new live-action adaptation of Alex Rider is a co-production between Sony Pictures Television and the British indie company Eleventh Hour Films. Eve Gutierrez, executive producer and head of talent at Eleventh Hour Films, had this to say.
We are delighted to be working with visionary director Andreas Prochaska. Andreas' work, whether for the big or small screen, is always underpinned by thrilling, emotional experiences making him the perfect choice for Alex Rider."
The series is based on the best-selling series of novels by Anthony Horowitz. To date, the eleven books in the series have sold more than 19 million copies worldwide, with a twelfth book, Nightshade, slated to arrive in 2019. The series was initially introduced in 2000 and quickly gained popularity amongst young adult readers. Guy Burt (The Hole) is on board to write the series adaptation and he'll be starting with the second novel, Point Blanc. Wayne Garvie, president of international production had this to say about the project in a statement.
"Andreas has a captivating and authentic style of storytelling, and we couldn't be more excited to have him on board. We can't wait to start the search for our new Alex with Andreas leading the way!"
The Alex Rider books center on a young superspy, around 15-years-old, who, though reluctant, is sent on missions to try and save the world. The series was previously adapted for the big screen in 2006 with the feature Stormbreaker which was produced by The Weinstein Company and didn't do particularly well with the critical community or at the box office. Director Andreas Prochaska had this to say about the new TV series in a statement.
"Within the first few pages of reading Guy Burt's compelling scripts for the series I was hooked. Guy has taken Anthony's brilliant, well-loved character and created a bold and unique concept, a coming-of-age story set in the clandestine world of spies sure to excite fans and newcomers alike."
There is currently no word on casting, specifically, who will play the titular character. But casting is expected to begin before the end of the year, with production slated to begin in 2019. There is currently no network attached to the Alex Rider series, but with all of the pieces in place, we should be hearing word on that front reasonably soon. This definitely feels like something that could find a home on a major streaming service. Prochaska already has an established relationship with Hulu thanks to Das Boot. Since no network is attached yet, there is no word on a possible premiere date. This news was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter.