"The Raid" Director Gareth Evans Developing "Gangs of London" for Cinemax, Sky

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'The Raid's Gareth Evans Creates Gangland Drama For HBO's Cinemax & Sky

All things considered, we're massive fans of the Welsh director and after being rumoured to circling a Deathstroke film, but Deadline is reporting that he's also going to develop a big-budget TV drama about gangland London for HBO's Cinemax and Sky Atlantic. The series debuts in 2019.

Gangs Of London will depict a version of contemporary London that has been ripped apart by the violent, destructive power struggles of worldwide criminal organisations. When the head of one such gang is assassinated, the authority void threatens a fragile peace between the underworld groups. It is unrelated to the eponymous Playstation Portable video game, which coincidentally Pulse Films previously optioned the rights to in order to make a movie directed by Kidulthood's Menhaj Huda. The multi-part drama was commissioned by Sky's Head of Drama Anne Mensah and Kary Antholis, President of Miniseries at HBO and President of Programming at Cinemax.

Evans, who is now working on the period feature Apostle with Dan Stevens (Legion) and Michael Sheen, hopes to bring a "cinematic viewing experience" to TV viewers in the USA and United Kingdom, saying, "It has been a thrilling experience to leap into longform storytelling, exploring a multicultural world of global crime as it intersects on the streets of London".

Speaking about his new gangster epic, Evans said that: "It has been a thrilling experience to leap into longform storytelling, exploring a multicultural world of global crime as it intersects on the streets of London".

Mensah said the show is "unrivalled spectacle with characters to match", while Antholis added that it was a "fun, adrenalized and entertaining series that will be catnip for audiences". Other executive producers include Pulse Films' Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa, along with Featherstone and Sky's Anna Ferguson. Pulse Films Founder and Chief Executive Thomas Benski said it is the "ideal calling card" for the launch of Pulse's TV production.

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