Gareth Evans’ first TV series, Gangs of London, currently filming
by Davide Abbatescianni
- The highly anticipated TV series is part of a €220 million production deal signed by Sky and HBO, and is set to air next year
After the success of his latest work, Apostle, a period horror film released on Netflix two months ago, Welsh director Gareth Evans is now working on his new project, a ten-episode TV series entitled Gangs of London. Evans will direct five of the episodes and is the creator of the series along with cinematographer Matt Flannery, here making his debut as a show writer. The other confirmed series directors are French filmmaker Xavier Gens (Cold Skin [+see also:
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Gangs of London is a thriller series revolving around the power struggle that ensues when a criminal kingpin is assassinated, creating a power vacuum that causes international gangs to battle for control of the modern-day London underworld. Recently, Kingston upon Thames-born actor Joe Cole (A Prayer Before Dawn [+see also:
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Hugh Warren (In the Dark) is producing the series in association with Thomas Benski (Payday) and Lucas Ochoa (One More Time) for British outfit Pulse Films, Jane Featherstone (Utopia) for independent production company Sister Pictures and Gabriel Silver (Clique) for Sky Original Productions. Gangs of London is set to air on Sky in the UK and Cinemax in the USA next year. Filming is now under way in London.
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