Olivier and Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance and his playwright, composer and director wife Claire van Kampen are working with Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment on a new TV project.
Rylance revealed to Deadline that the project was going to be a stage play, but that they realised it would also make a great TV series.
The series is believed to be at least partly centred on the Battle of Homestead, which was a tragic event in American history in the 1890s when a labour dispute at the Carnegie Steel Company in Pennsylvania led to bloody clashes between members of the union and security officers of a private detective agency.
The stage drama they were writing had been about the US steel industry between the Civil War and World War I.
Rylance told Deadline that: “I’ve been working on it as a play, and now I’ve suddenly realized that it could be a TV thing, and [Spielberg] agrees.”
Mark Rylance, Claire van Kampen and Steven Spielberg are close friends, and Spielberg directed Rylance in The BFG and Bridge of Spies, which scooped Rylance an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Rylance recently completed a sold-out run of Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre with Mackenzie Crook.