Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s company buys Czech-Slovak miniseries Justice
by Martin Kudláč
- The psychological crime miniseries directed by Peter Bebjak is heading to the USA
Slovak director Peter Bebjak and producer Rastislav Šesták recently celebrated winning the Best Television Film or Miniseries Award for Justice (Spravedlnost) at the Czech Lions ceremony (see the news), in the wake of the successful run of the crime-drama The Line [+see also:
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film profile]. Now they have another reason to rejoice, as the psychological crime miniseries, which was co-written by Bebjak and Tomáš Bombík, and which Bebjak directed and produced along with Šesták (both from Slovak production outfit D.N.A. Production) for the Czech public broadcaster, has been bought by Pearl Street Films. The US firm, which has acquired the rights for the American market, is owned by actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
In the series, Bebjak, well versed in genre filmmaking, follows Richard, a police inspector who is looking into a murder that his daughter committed. During the investigation, however, he finds out that the version of events that his daughter gave him differs from the one emerging from his inquiries. Cineuropa reached out to producer Rastislav Šesták, who revealed that the initial success came when the miniseries was picked up for the FIPA international television festival in Biarritz. “The last time that Czech Television [CTV] had a series there was seven years ago,” he says. “Based on this selection, CTV [which handles the sales and the licensing] began to market the format, eventually leading to this deal.”
The D.N.A. Production team is already shooting another series for the Slovak television channel, a mystery thriller called Rift (Trhlina) about a Slovakian “Bermuda quadrangle”, while also working on the fairy tale Christmas Wish for the Slovak public broadcaster and readying the Holocaust drama The Report (read the report from Febiofest). “We have other projects in development that we would like to make as international co-productions,” concludes Šesták.
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