Oscar-winning filmmaker Florian Zeller has teamed up with The Apartment Pictures and Fremantle-owned Fandango for a TV series adaptation from playwright Stefano Massini The Lehman Trilogy.
Zeller will direct, write and co-produce the project under his new Blue Morning Pictures banner, alongside Apartment Pictures’ Lorenzo Mieli and Fandango’s Domenico Procacci.
Massini’s epic drama traces the story of one of the global financial institutions that helped trigger the 2008 recession. The original production inspired Sam Mendes to direct an English-language version of Massini’s five-hour play . Adapted by Ben Power, the production won five Tony Awards earlier this year, including awards for direction by Sam Mendes and lead performance by Simon Russell Beale.
The TV series adaptation is Zeller’s first project since launching Blue Morning with France’s Mediawan and former CAA executive Federica Sainte-Rose last week.
It follows his latest feature, The Son, starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern and Vanessa Kirby, which premiered at the 79th Venice Film Festival.
Mieli and Procacci, meanwhile, previously worked together on the adaptation of My Brilliant Friend, based on the novels by Elena Ferrante.
Federica Sainte-Rose and Lorenzo De Maio of De Maio Entertainment were “determined” in bringing the partnership together and will serve as executive producers.
“I am thrilled to work with Lorenzo Mieli and Domenico Procacci to help bring this epic story to life. The Lehman Trilogy is a compelling story of family and power that spans decades in an ever-changing American social and political landscape. I couldn’t dream of a richer canvas to work on and I’m so grateful to everyone who made this a reality,” Zeller said.
Andrea Scrosati, COO of the Fremantle Group and CEO Continental Europe, added: “Working with incredible talent such as Florian Zeller is at the heart of Fremantle’s mission. As a group, we are thrilled with this project and can’t wait to see it come to life.