Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed co-production “Chernobyl,” Sky and HBO are teaming up once more, this time with Plan B Entertainment, for the Jude Law-led limited series, “The Third Day.”
Hailing from “Utopia” creator Dennis Kelly and Felix Barrett (artistic director of the immersive theatre company Punchdrunk International), the six-part series centers around Sam (Law), “who after being drawn to a mysterious Island off the British Coast, is thrown into the unusual world of its secretive inhabitants.”
Per Sky and HBO: “Isolated from the mainland, the rituals of the island begin to overwhelm him, and he is confronted by a trauma from his past. As the line between reality and fantasy blurs, Sam finds himself immersed in an emotional quest which puts him at odds with the islanders and begins to threaten their way of life.”
Production will begin in the UK next month, with “The Third Day” scheduled to air in the UK and Ireland next year on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV, and on HBO in the US.
Co-creators Kelly and Barrett will executive produce the series with Marc Munden (“National Treasure,” “Utopia”) directing and Adrian Sturges (“Chimerica,” “The Enfield Haunting”) producing. Kelly, Kit de Waal and Dean O’Loughlin will write the series.
“The Third Day” hails from Sky’s new production house, Sky Studios, in partnership with Plan B Entertainment, Punchdrunk International and HBO.
The series marks the most recent commission from Sky and HBO as part of their collaboration on original projects, including “Chernobyl” and the upcoming miniseries “Catherine the Great,” starring Helen Mirren.
“Dennis and Felix have created something fresh and unique and we are thrilled to have this on HBO,” Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming, said. “We look forward to collaborating with Punchdrunk International, Marc and Jude as well as furthering our relationship with SKY and Plan B Entertainment.”
“Sky Studios is delighted to be partnering with Plan B, Punchdrunk International and HBO on this exciting series,” Cameron Roach, director of drama and Sky Studios at Sky UK and Ireland, said. “‘The Third Day’ is the result of the intoxicating combined imaginations of Dennis Kelly and Punchdrunk International’s Felix Barrett and have resulted in astonishing scripts. To see them brought to life under the direction of Marc Munden and with Jude Law at the helm of what promises to be a world class cast, is an incredibly exciting prospect.”