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Paramount Network has greenlit a 10-episode first season of “Sexy Beast,” a series adaptation from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content based on the feature film of the same name. The logline: “Sexy Beast,” the series, tells the origin story of Gal Dove, a brilliant thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s. The series will explore the early days of Gal’s complicated relationship with Don Logan, a vicious gangster with whom Gal forms a partnership, the beginnings of his association with criminal mastermind Teddy Bass and how Gal met and fell in love with DeeDee, an adult film star who would become his wife.
Michael Caleo (“The Sopranos”) is set to write and executive produce the “Sexy Beast.” Karyn Kusama (“Destroyer”) is directing and executive producing through her company, Familystyle, which is also comprised of Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (“Destroyer”), who will also serve as executive producers on the show. Also serving as executive producers are Louis Mellis and David Scinto, the original screenwriters of the film “Sexy Beast.”
The series order comes on the heels of the recently announced pick-ups for “Coyote,” from Michelle MacLaren and starring Michael Chiklis; “Paradise Lost” (working title), from Rodes Fishburne, Arika Lisanne Mittman and John Lee Hancock; “68 Whiskey,” from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment; as well as the new Darren Star series, “Emily in Paris”starring Lily Collins.