Gareth Evans, the man behind The Raid is set to tackle the small screen with his next venture, a gangland drama for HBO called Gangs of London.
Evans has set up the TV series with Pulse Films, which will be the company’s first step into the TV arena, will be collaborating with Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures for the show for HBO’s Cinemax and Sky Atlantic.
Gangs of London will be set in a contemporary London as it is being torn apart by power struggles involving several international gangs. The series begins as the head of one criminal gang is assassinated and the power vacuum threatens the fragile peace between the other underworld organizations.
The show is an original idea from Evans who has Peter Berry, Clare Wilson and Joe Murtagh penning the drama alongside Flannery and Evans, who will also direct.
Evans stated “It has been a thrilling experience to leap into long-form storytelling, exploring a multicultural world of global crime as it intersects on the streets of London,” he added.
Head of Sky’s Drama department, Anne Mensah called Gangs of London an “unrivalled spectacle with characters to match” while HBO’s Kary Antholis said it was a “fun, adrenalized and entertaining series that will be catnip for audiences. The show is due to arrive in 2019.
Currently, Evans is working alongside Dan Stevens and Matt Flannery on the period feature Apostle, Described as a “period revenge thriller”, The Apostle follows a man who has to try to free his sister from a religious cult who have her on a remote island. Evans is writing and directing the film.