Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to direct a limited series adaptation of author John Buchan’s novel The 39 steps, which was adapted as early as 1935 by directing icon Alfred Hitchcock. The Cumberbatch-led series will reportedly update the story for the modern age, with Netflix winning the rights to the project.
First published in 1915, the novel by author John Buchan The 39 steps follows adventurer Richard Hannay, who has just returned from South Africa. He quickly becomes bored with life in London, until he is approached by a mysterious American, who warns him of a murder plot that could completely destabilize Europe’s fragile political equilibrium. Skeptical at first, Hannay nevertheless houses the man, but one day he returns home to find him murdered.
An obvious suspect, Hannay flees to his native Scotland, pursued by both the police and a devious, ruthless foe. With his life and the security of Britain in grave danger, everything rests on the solution to a mind-boggling mystery: What are the “Thirty-Nine Steps?”
This Netflix iteration has been described as’ a provocative, action-packed conspiracy thriller series that actualises the classic novel for relevance in the contemporary era. A common man, Richard Hannay, becomes an ignorant pawn in a massive global conspiracy to reset world order. : 39 Steps that will change the world as we know it, with only Hannay in the way. “
Besides Cumberbatch, The 39 steps series is being written by Mark L. Smith of The Revenant, with Edward Berger, who previously worked with Cumberbatch on the acclaimed Showtime series Patrick Melrose, set to direct every episode.
Hitchcock’s classic adaptation deviated largely from the book in many ways, and it sounds like the new series will do it too, though you send things a little bit more to the source material, while you’re the ‘wrong man on the run’ – element that makes the story so gripping.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2014 for his portrayal of Alan Turing The imitation game, is a hot Hollywood possession these days and should be a convincing clue to it The 39 steps limited series. The actor quickly climbed to the top of the A-list thanks to performances in, among others Sherlock Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 12 year slave Star Trek Into Darkness, and like Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He will soon be returning to the world of Marvel in upcoming sequels Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which introduces the public to a previously unexplored side of the MCU, the multiverse. While specific plot details are largely unknown, the Doctor Strange The sequel will see Cumberbatch reprise the role of the Sorcerer Supreme, with Chiwetel Ejiofor also returning as friend-turned-foe, Karl Mordo. Directed by Sam Raimi, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled for release in the United States on March 25, 2022, with Spider-Man: No Way Home swing on screens on December 17, 2021.
The 39 steps has not yet started production, but it has been reported that the series will consist of approximately six one-hour episodes, with the project likely to be filmed in Europe next year. This comes from Deadline.
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