Welcome to the next global war. Deadline reports Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films is developing Stuxnet, a TV show adaptation of Alex Gibney’s documentary Zero Days. The feature premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February, of this year.
Stuxnet (working title) will be written by Stephen Schiff. Gibney will direct, and will produce with Marc Shmuger. Nigel Marchant, David O’Donoghue, and Gareth Neame are executive producing for Carnival. Participant Media will also executive produce.
According to Deadline, the first season of Stuxnet will be based the documentary film. Here is more information on Zero Days.
Written and directed by Alex Gibney (Academy Award®-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief), ZERO DAYS is a documentary thriller about warfare in a world without rules – the world of cyber war. The film tells the story of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. It’s the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora’s Box of cyber warfare. ZERO DAYS is produced by Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and Global Produce’s Marc Shmuger, and executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media and Sarah Dowland.
[Excerpted from an August Showtime press release.]
Stuxnet will be a Carnival production in association with Participant Media. NBCUniversal International Distribution will handle distribution.
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