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AMC+ acquires That Dirty Black Bag

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- The TV series by Italy’s Mauro Aragoni, paying tribute to spaghetti westerns and starring Dominic Cooper, will enjoy its world premiere in spring 2022

AMC+ acquires That Dirty Black Bag
Douglas Booth and Dominic Cooper in That Dirty Black Bag

American broadcaster AMC+ has acquired the TV series That Dirty Black Bag produced by Palomar (part of Mediawan Group) and Canada’s BRON Studios (Pieces of a Woman [+see also:
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). Shot in English across Italy, Spain and Morocco, the 8-episode series will enjoy its world premiere between March and April next year.

The all-star ensemble cast is led by British actor Dominic Cooper (of the series Preacher), who’s joined by Douglas Booth (My Salinger Year [+see also:
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), Niv Sultan (of the series Teheran), Guido Caprino (With or Without You [+see also:
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), Christian Cooke (of series Ordeal by Innocence), Travis Fimmel (of the series Vikings), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Paterson Joseph (of series The Leftovers), Rose Williams (of series Sanditon), Anna Chancellor (of series The Split) and Zoe Boyle (of the Downton Abbey series).

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That Dirty Black Bag is the brainchild of young Italian filmmaker Mauro Aragoni (responsible for the short work Sarena. A Tale From Nuraghes) who directed the movie alongside Brian OMalley (The Lodgers [+see also:
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) and wrote it in league with Silvia Ebreul, Marcello Izzo and Fabio Paladini (the screenwriters behind the series Il cacciatore). Photography comes courtesy of PJ Dillon (Game of Thrones). It’s a series interweaving epic storytelling and romanticism, and which explores the darker side of the Far West. It pays tribute to the classic spaghetti western genre, capturing its irony whilst also revolutionising and modernising its narrative style in order to fit with younger audiences.

The story revolves around the critical eight-day clash between Arthur McCoy, a sheriff with a difficult past played by Dominic Cooper, and Red Bill, a lone bounty hunter known for decapitating his victims and slipping their heads into a “dirty black bag” who’s brought to life by Douglas Booth.

“With its propulsive script and incredible ensemble cast, AMC+ is proud to partner with BRON and Palomar on this innovative reimagining of the classic Western,” said Courtney Thomasma, general manager for AMC+. “We’re also excited to bring AMC+ subscribers another thrilling, high-stakes adventure of love and bloodlust in the Old West, following the enduring popularity of our AMC original series Hell on Wheels and The Son.”

As enthused by the president of BRON Television David Davoli: “With their proven eye for innovative storytelling, and their commitment to supporting the growth of international television, AMC Networks is the ideal partner to be unveiling this genre-bending epic series with. We look forward to sharing this electrifying and daring new series with their subscribers in the U.S. and around the world.” Meanwhile, in the words of Nicola Serra, co-CEO of Palomar: “It was a real adventure and a challenge due to the complexities and difficulties of the last 2 years but thanks to a group of fantastic people we achieved our goal. And, frankly speaking, we really also had a lot of fun shooting this show. The AMC+ acquisition is for us a great confirmation of this journey and we couldn’t be prouder.”

Three seasons of That Dirty Black Bag have already been scheduled. Mediawan have secured the series’ French rights, while BRON Releasing and Palomar Mediawan are handling international sales.

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(Translated from Italian)

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