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FX Lands WWII Miniseries 'Telemark' From 'Slumdog' Team

6/13/2014

By Tim Molloy
TheWrap

FX has closed a deal with Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson, the Oscar-winning team behind "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours," to produce the 10-part World War II miniseries "Telemark."

Written by Beaufoy, "Telemark" is based on the real story of British-trained Norwegian resistance fighters who sabotaged Hitler's nuclear development program. Cloud Eight/Decibel Films will produce for FX.

"We're incredibly honored to be working with Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson who are three of the best filmmakers in the world," said Eric Schrier, president of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. "'Telemark' is a compelling, powerful and important story, and we know Danny, Simon and Christian will do a masterful job producing it."

The production marks the first project for Boyle, Beaufoy and Colson since "127 Hours." It is their first project for American television.

"As we all know, some of the very best narrative fiction ever told is currently being created as episodic television," said Beaufoy. "This incredible story is ideally suited to the slower burn and added complexity that the longer format allows and I cant' wait to get my teeth into this."

 Added Boyle: "This is one of the world's greatest stories and we want to tell it on an epic scale."

Boyle won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Directing for "Slumdog Millionaire." Beaufoy won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for the film. Colson won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for producing it.

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