Showtime is hoping for a break-out hit. The cable channel has announced that their Escape at Dannemora drama series will launch on Sunday, November 18 at 10 PM.
Here’s the press release, as well as a trailer:
We have a date for our new limited series ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA!
Directed and executive produced by Emmy winner Ben Stiller, ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA debuts on Sunday, November 18 at 10 p.m., and stars Academy Award winners Benicio del Toro and Patricia Arquette and Golden Globe nominee Paul Dano.
The series is based on the stranger-than-fiction prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015 which spawned a statewide manhunt for two convicted murderers, aided in their escape by a married female prison employee who carried on months-long affairs with both men. Del Toro plays convicted murderer Richard Matt, an artistic yet intimidating force within the prison, who masterminds the escape. Arquette plays Tilly Mitchell, a working-class wife and mother who supervises the prison tailor shop and becomes sexually involved with both men, ultimately agreeing to hide hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to help them get out. Dano plays David Sweat, a convicted cop-killer who may have genuine feelings for Tilly and becomes a reluctant partner in Richard Matt’s plot.
The cast also features Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Bonnie Hunt, acclaimed actor Eric Lange and Emmy nominee David Morse.
ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA is written and executive produced by Brett Johnson (Mad Men) and Oscar nominee Michael Tolkin (The Player), who met while working as writers on RAY DONOVAN. In addition to Stiller, Johnson and Tolkin, Bryan Zuriff (Steve Jobs, RAY DONOVAN), three-time Academy Award nominee Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Fifty Shades of Grey) via Michael De Luca Productions, and Nicky Weinstock for Red Hour Productions serve as executive producers.
What do you think? Do you like the sound of the Escape at Dannemora series? Do you plan to check it out?