Benedict Cumberbatch will star in and executive produce The 39 Steps, a Netflix limited series adaptation of the classic spy thriller.
Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Netflix thriller series The 39 Steps. John Buchan’s classic thriller was most famously adapted into Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Set just before World War I, the story follows a man named Richard Hannay, who becomes embroiled in an international spy ring and must flee. The 39 Steps is one of Hitchcock’s most iconic films and is one of many adaptations of the original novel. Now, the story is being re-told more modern.
By Deadline, Benedict Cumberbatch will star in a limited series adaptation of The 39 Steps for Netflix. The limited series will be a contemporary retelling of the novel, following a common man, Richard Hannay, as he gets caught up in a global conspiracy. Described as “provocative” and “action packed,” the series is reported to contain six or more hour-long episodes. Filming is likely to begin next year in Europe. The spy thriller series will be directed by Edward Berger, who previously teamed up with Cumberbatch on Showtime. Patrick Melrose, and it will be written by The reborn writer Mark L. Smith.
The series will be produced by Anonymous Content, Chapter One Pictures, and SunnyMarch. Cumberbatch will also executive produce the series, along with his producing partner Adam Ackland for SunnyMarch. Smith and Berger will also serve as executive producers on the show, along with Sophie Gardiner for Chapter One Pictures, Cliff Roberts for Syndicate Entertainment and Keith Redmon for Anonymous Content.
Cumberbatch most recently appeared in the legal drama. The Mauritanian and will be the next star in the thriller The courier service. He will also soon reprise his role as Doctor Strange in two upcoming MCU movies, this year. Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Insanity in 2022.
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