Hanna TV series headed to Amazon
VOD News | On 25, May 2017
Amazon has commissioned a new TV series based on the 2011 flick Hanna.
The film, which starred Saoirse Ronan as a young girl trained to be an assassin trying to reunite with her dad, was directed by Joe Wright and proved a stylish, thrilling vehicle for both the Atonement director and actress. Six years on, Amazon Studios is hoping to recapture some of that offbeat thrill on the small screen.
The show will be produced by NBCUniversal International Studios, who most recently gave us a flawed TV series based on Liam Neeson franchise Taken. Hanna’s series, though, has one secret weapon that did not: screenwriter David Farr. Farr, who co-wrote the original film, most recently penned the BBC/AMC series The Night Manager, putting him in a reassuringly strong position to tackle this adaptation. Farr has been developing the project with NBC’s LA scripted team, headed up by JoAnn Alfano, and Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein, who produced the 2011 film, and Becky Clements.
Part high-concept action and part coming-of-age tale, Hanna the series will follow the journey of “an extraordinary young girl as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is”.
“I am delighted to be able to return to the Hanna story. Joe Wright’s movie was dazzling but inevitably there were certain elements that a feature length film wasn’t able fully to explore,” said Farr in a statement. “It’s a pleasure therefore to be able to revisit the material in a longer format and take Hanna into whole new physical and emotional worlds. Amazon have shown such passion for the project and is the perfect home for Hanna.”
“From the moment JoAnn Alfano and I saw Hanna it was evident that the film would make an incredible TV series,” added Michael Adelstein, President of NBCUniversal International Studios. “Fortunately, David Farr felt there was more Hanna story to tell and wanted to revisit this extraordinary world. We’re excited to be in business with David, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements who share our passion for this compelling story. The team at Amazon have been incredibly supportive and we are delighted this show will air on a platform that continues to generate exceptional content.”
Adelstein and Clements will exec-produce the show, alongside Alfaro and Scott Nemes for NBCUniversal, with Scott Herbst and Tom Coan on board as co-EPs.