Daniel Craig series ‘Purity’ gets 2-season pickup at Showtime
After multiple bidders emerged, Showtime has anded “Purity” the Daniel Craig-starring limited series from producer Scott Rudin.
Showtime has given a straight-to-series pickup to the drama with a hefty 20-episode order, which will air over the course of two years. Production begins in 2017, and no premiere date has been set.
Sources say the project is a megabucks deal for “James Bond” star Craig, who will also serve as an exec producer on “Purity.”
Based on Jonathan Franzen’s novel, the television adaptation will be penned by Todd Field, who is also directing all 20 episodes. Field will exec produce with Craig, Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare and Franzen, with the latter two also serving as writers on the series.
Before landing at Showtime, the hot project generated a slew of high-profile bidders from Netflix to FX and more with Rudin searching for a straight-to-series order, given the impressive auspices.
“Purity” is described as a morally complex story of youthful idealism, extreme loyalty and cold-blooded murder. The book — and TV series — tells intersecting stories of different people of different ages and backgrounds ranging East Berlin to the Bolivian jungle, East Harlem walk-ups and the California Redwoods. It was published in September 2015.
“Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Purity’ is an epic American novel that pulses with the energy of a psychological thriller. I whipped through it in a week,” David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc says in a statement. “… ‘Purity’ promises to be the kind of taut, long-form, serialized storytelling that is the best of premium television, and is precisely what we at Showtime aspire to deliver.”
The series marks Craig’s first stateside television show, though the British star worked regularly in TV in the U.K. before making his way into film.