Gary Oldman Will Produce ‘Deep Web’ Series for Spike TV

The story is based on a 2013 Time cover story about online black markets

Gary Oldman and producing partner Douglas Urbanski are teaming with producer/writer/director Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures to produce an original series for Spike TV called “Deep Web,” the network announced Tuesday.

Inspired by a recent Time cover story on the Silk Road online marketplace, “Deep Web” will tell the story of an ambitious computer aficionado in Silicon Valley who, with the help of his friends, evolves into an Internet underworld crime boss fueled by a web portal where people can buy anything ­ from a kidney to cocaine to a rocket-launcher.

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Scott Gold will serve as executive producer and writer. Drew Comins, who originally sourced the Time magazine article and EVP of Flame Ventures, will serve as co-executive producer.

“Deep Web” will mark a first-time entry for Oldman/Urbanski as executive producers of a television series. “This is part of a long-term strategy of spreading our creative wings into other platforms,” Urbanski said.