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Epix unveils 2020 development slate

Bad Wolf most recently produced fantasy drama His Dark Materials

US premium cablenet Epix has unveiled its 2020 development slate, including a series adaptation of Bernard Cornwell book trilogy The Warlord Chronicles.

The Winter King is being adapted from Cornwell’s Arthurian trilogy by Bad Wolf, the Wales-based indie behind the recent BBC/HBO adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

Epix has also revealed two other scripted projects. Dramedy Gibson Station, from producer and director Edward Burns, is set in 1984 and follows three friends in their 20s trying to find their place in Ronald Reagan’s America.

Elizabethan-era drama A Column of Fire, meanwhile, is based on Ken Follet’s novel of the same name. Set in 1558, it centres on political intrigue and turmoil. Snowed-In Productions and Sony Pictures Television are producing, with Lizzie Mickery writing and exec producing alongside Ruth Kenley-Letts.

Unscripted titles on Epix’s slate include docuseries Fall River, which follows a retired lead investigator as he looks into new evidence relating to one of his old cases, in which a man was convicted of murdering three people. Blumhouse Television is producing.

In political podcast docuseries Fiasco, host Leon Neyfakh discusses the day-to-day reality of America’s most important historical events. The opening season will look into the closely contested 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W Bush. It will be produced by Prologue Projects alongside Luminary Media, with Neyfakh, Steven Fisher and Andrew Parsons exec producing.

Capping off Epix’s slate is musical docuseries Songs that Changed the World. The four-parter looks into moments when music was used as a social force. It will be directed by Emmy winner Thom Zimny and exec produced by Jackson Browne and Armyan Bernstein.


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