‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Duo Signs First-Look Deal With FX Productions

Academy Award winners Danny Boyle and Christian Colson will develop projects across company’s stable of channels

From left, Christian Colson and Danny Boyle (Getty Images)

FX Productions has closed a first-look production deal with Danny Boyle, Christian Colson and their production company, Telly Novella Productions.

Under the two-year pact, the duo will develop television series and miniseries for FX Networks’ channels FX, FXX and FXM.

“We are honored to be in business with Danny Boyle and Christian Colson who represent the gold standard in filmmaking,” said FX Networks and FX Production’s original programming president Eric Schrier in a statement. “The demand for award-winning writers, producers and directors has never been greater and to be able to join forces with Danny and Christian is a landmark moment for FXP.”

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Fox Networks Group chairman and CEO Peter Rice added, “I have had the pleasure of knowing Danny and Christian for many years, having worked with them on ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ Without question, they are two of the best and most talented filmmakers in this business. Their tastes and sensibilities mesh perfectly with FX Networks.”

Boyle, Colson and their “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours” writing partner, Simon Beaufoy, are already developing the 10-part original miniseries, “Telemark,” with FXP. It will be the trio’s first project for American television. “Telemark,” written by Beaufoy, is based on the true story of the British-trained Norwegian resistance fighters who sabotaged Hitler’s nuclear development program during World War II.

Boyle won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Directing for “Slumdog Millionaire.” He also received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Screenplay for “127 Hours,” as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Motion Picture for “127 Hours.”

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Colson is the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning producer of “Slumdog Millionaire.” He also received an Oscar nomination for Best Motion Picture for “127 Hours.”

The FX deal will not affect Boyle and Colson’s feature film agreements through their movie labels, Decibel Films and Cloud Eight Films with Fox Searchlight and Pathé.

Boyle and Colson join FX’s growing stable of high-profile production deals, including Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, the executive producers and showrunners of FX’s “The Americans”; individual deals with Noah Hawley and John Cameron, the writers/executive producers of miniseries “Fargo,” and Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and their production company, RCG Productions, the executive producers/showrunners of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The Untitled Tracy Morgan Project.”