Starz announced today a sequel to the Golden Globe nominated limited series The Missing. The new eight-part installment will again be written by brothers Harry and Jack Williams and unfold over two time frames but this time follows a new case, new characters and new location. The Missing is produced by New Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground Entertainment. The Missing was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and actress Frances O'Connor (Emily Hughes) was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
The show has received copious critical acclaim, with The Hollywood Reporter citing "A remarkable piece of television...as magnetic and challenging a work as any of TV's recent bests..."; Deadline Hollywood has called it, "television at its very best"; and New York Magazine praised it as "one of the year's very best TV programs...a master-class in long form storytelling." The finale of the first installment of The Missing, which centers on the psychological fallout and ensuing years-long manhunt resulting from the sudden disappearance of five-year-old Oliver Hughes, will air on Starz on Saturday, Jan 10. It will be available On Demand and on Starz Play beginning Saturday, December 20.
Here's what Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik had to say about the renewal in a brief statement.
"The remarkably talented Williams brothers crafted a beautifully complex and heart wrenching story with The Missing and while the story, character and locations will be different in this new iteration, we anticipate the same captivating long-form storytelling and character development that critics and viewers have responded so well to. We have been thrilled with the critical response and look forward to continuing our terrific collaboration with the BBC, New Pictures and Playground Entertainment."
In the UK, the series aired on BBC One and the first installment served as appointment viewing for over 7 million people each week during its run. Willow Grylls, Charlie Pattinson and Elaine Pyke serve as Executive Producers for New Pictures; Harry and Jack Williams for Two Brothers Pictures; Polly Hill for the BBC and Colin Callender for Playground Entertainment. All3media international retains all US rights not obtained by Starz. For more information, follow @TheMissing_STZ on Twitter.