Joe Wright, a British filmmaker from “Atonement,” “Darkest Hour,” has been attached to direct a TV series, “M” which chronicles a former Prime Minister of Italy, Benito Mussolini.
The series based an International bestseller from a Italian writer, Antonio Scurati’s novel “M. Son of the Century” which is an epic historical novel that chronicles the birth and rise of fascism in Italy, witnessed through the eyes of its founder, the terrifyingly charismatic figure who would become one of the most notorious dictators of the twentieth century, Benito Mussolini.
The series is adapted by Stefano Bises – a screenwriter who’s had experience penning political, and religious stories like “Gomorrah” and “The Miracle.” Davide Serino (The Comedians) also collaborates with the scripts.
The series will soon start shooting at Rome’s Cinecittà Studios – is being produced by Sky Studios and Lorenzo Mieli’s company The Apartment in collaboration with Pathé. The cast is being kept under wraps, though Mieli says Mussolini will be played by an A-list talent.
Mieli also added his choice of Joe Wright to helm, “M.” “Fascism is something that today is relevant for everyone. It’s been relevant for the past decades, but it’s especially relevant now all over the world,” Mieli said. “And it’s interesting because before Trump the U.S. and Anglo-Saxon culture thought Fascism was something that was not on their radar. But now it is,” he added. “That’s why I thought of an Anglo-Saxon director [for ‘M’].”
Joe Wright, who helmed Winston Churchill drama “Darkest Hour” – which earned Gary Oldman the best actor at the Oscar for his portrayal as the British prime minister.