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HBO Orders ‘Exterminate All the Brutes’ Docuseries From Raoul Peck

Josh Hartnett will star in the scripted portions of the series that explores European colonialism

HBO is re-teaming with Raoul Peck on a four-part docuseries “Exterminate All the Brutes,” which explores European colonialism.

The series is based on three works by authors and scholars: Sven Lindqvist’s “Exterminate All the Brutes,'; Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s “An Indigenous People’s History of the United States” and Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s “Silencing the Past.” “Exterminate All the Brutes” weaves together documentary footage and archival material, as well as animation and interpretive scripted scenes. The series aims to tell a sweeping story in which history, contemporary life and fiction are wholly intertwined.

Josh Hartnett will star in the scripted portions of the series.

“This project has been my biggest challenge so far,” Peck said. “It forced me to question not only our common knowledge but also my own experience as a filmmaker. I’m excited that HBO is supporting that vision.” Peck, best known for his 2016 documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” previously directed the film “Sometimes in April” that aired on HBO in 2005. That film, which centered on the Rwandan Genocide in the 1990s, starred Idris Elba.

“Exterminate All the Brutes” is produced by Velvet Film. Peck and Rémi Grellety serve as executive producers. Velvet Film and ICM Partners are handling the series’ rights in international territories.