Jonathan Entwistle to direct historical drama for Peaky Blinders prodco

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Jonathan EntwistleThe End of the F***ing World director Jonathan Entwistle is to direct Civil Blood, an historical drama from Peaky Blinders banner Caryn Mandabach Productions (CMP). 

Currently at late development stage, the sweeping story is set in 17th century England and follows the adventures of a young woman growing up in a time of war. 

Civil Blood is written by Cat Clarke and Michael Hirst, and is based on an original idea by Michael Hirst, Dario Poloni and Clarke. 

Entwistle (pictured above) said: “This script has history, heart, family and war – all wrapped up in a punk attitude. This is a period of history not often explored, and certainly not from this point of view. There’s a sense of the American western in this world. At its heart is an iconic lead with a great pop sensibility – someone who thinks that history only happens to other people, until cataclysmic events bring history rushing in to the present.”

CMP creative director Jamie Glazebrook added: “Jonathan’s vision is a law unto itself: fresh, vibrant, indelible. From TEOTFW’s Alyssa and James to I’m Not OK’s Sydney Novak, he has an extraordinary knack for creating iconic characters, getting under their skin and projecting them into our imagination. Cat and Michael’s script is provocative, deeply moving and profoundly entertaining. 

“This is such a thoroughly exciting project for us and I’m sure it will be hotly anticipated by the many fans of Jonathan’s, Michael’s and Cat’s work.”

CMP is also developing at least two of PD James’ Cordelia Gray crime novels for television, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin. 

Peaky Blinder image on news page via Terry Kearney and CC Images. 

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