Spike TV is in talks with writer, director and producer Tony Krantz, actor and producer Gary Oldman and producer Douglas Urbanski in bringing a drama series inspired by a TIME Magazine feature written by journalist Scott Gold on an illegal marketplace on the internet. The show is entitled “Deep Web,” and the project will be the first time Oldman, who is an Academy Award nominee many times over, will work behind the scenes on a television series. Read on for more details about this news story.
As reported on Deadline, “Deep Web” will be a collaborative project between Krantz’s Flame Ventures and Oldman’s Flying Studio Pictures. The story, which was drawn from a TIME cover story about Silk Road, an online marketplace, follows a computer expert from Silicon Valley, who came up with an e-commerce portal that has almost anything. The online site serves as a place where people can buy or sell the usual items, as well as the uncommon and illegal items like cocaine, body parts and rocket launchers. Thus, it is teeming with criminals.
“Deep Web” is being developed as a crime series, where its web operators bank on an empire that functions against any government regulations. Hence, the site owner becomes one of the most wanted in the world.
“The opportunity to work on a first class project with Tony, and the dedication Spike has brought to the entire enterprise is exactly what Doug and I have been seeking, and frankly, one we could not pass up,” said Oldman in the press released published on Deadline.
Meanwhile, Spike TV’s executive vice president Sharon Levy expressed excitement over the project, saying that “Deep Web” presents a relevant story that also shows the cable network’s evolution. Spike TV has been upping its game when it comes to producing original series, which it last did eight years ago. The network is set to premiere its very first scripted series, “Tut,” in 2015 and is producing high concept shows like “The Crusaders,” “The Chairman” and “War at the Shore.”
Subscribers to Spike TV on cable total to about 98.7 million homes, as stated in its press release.
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