Our pick of top directors who are making their move beyond the box office, with promising TV shows
WITH director Martin Scorsese making Vinyl, the drama series about the American music industry, and the Coen brothers readapting their movie, Fargo, for television—the shift from the silver screen to the small is now a real trend. Here is a look at some of the other A-list directors who are following suit.
The man behind the Michael Fassbender-starrer Shame
(2011) and the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave (2013) is
working on a six-part BBC drama series (yet to be titled).
The plot, which follows a West Indian community living in London, spans three decades, starting from the infamous Rivers of Blood speech by politician Enoch Powell.
The show is slated to release next spring.
Everyone knows Apatow for his brand of comedies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and Trainwreck (2015). Now the American director is showcasing his comic timing on TV with Crashing, releasing next year. It stars Pete Holmes in a semi-autobiographical role as a comedian whose wife has left him.
With a resume that boasts blockbusters like Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, it’s safe to say that whatever Jean-Marc Vallee does, works. He is directing the upcoming American comedy, Big Little Lies, with a star-studded cast featuring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Alexander Skarsgård. To hit your homes on HBO next February.
David Gordon Green
After last year’s Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), where Sandra Bullock played a political consultant, this 41-year-old filmmaker is now taking over the American comedy scene
with his latest TV show, Vice Principals, starring Danny
McBride and Walton Goggins. About an unpopular vice principal of an American high school and his ambitions,
the show premiered this July.
Guillermo del Toro
The Crimson Peak and Pacific Rim director is adapting an animated TV series, Trollhunters, from his own book of the same name. To be aired on Netflix later this month, it’s about a group of friends trying to solve a mystery in their locality. Actors like Anton Yelchin and Kelsey Grammer have lent their voices.
He is the name
behind dramas like The Hours (2002) and The Reader (2008). After a prolific career in theatre and movies, the British filmmaker is directing a TV series, The Crown—about the life of Queen Elizabeth II. The show, slated for release in November on Netflix, stars Claire Foy as the Queen and Matt Smith as Prince Philip.