Florian Zeller, the writer and director of hit stage plays The Son and The Father, both of which have been turned into successful movies, is set to helm a TV adaptation of acclaimed National Theatre play The Lehman Trilogy.
This will be Florian’s first major TV project, and he will write, direct and co-produce the new big-budget screen adaptation.
The Lehman Trilogy started out at the National Theatre in London in 2018 directed by Sam Mende, and subsequently transferred to Broadway where it won five 2022 Tony Awards, including best director for Mendes and best actor for Simon Russell Beale.
The production will head back to the West End next year, coming to the Gillian Lynne Theatre from 24 January to 21 May 2023.
Zeller’s new movie The Son, starring Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern, debuted at the Venice Film Festival to wide acclaim and is set for cinema release soon.
Global TV producer Fremantle are producing through their The Apartment Pictures company, plus Domenico Procacci’s Fandango and Zeller’s new prodco Blue Morning, backed by TV distributor and producer Mediawan. Executive Producers will include Lorenzo Mieli and Procacci, who are reuniting following their success with HBO’s My Brilliant Friend, plus Blue Morning co-founder Federica Sainte-Rose and De Maio Entertainment’s Lorenzo De Maio.
The Lehman Trilogy is adapted from Steffano Massini’s play by Ben Power and centres on the history of Lehman Brothers, one of the main financial institutions that ignited the 2008 global recession.
Florian Zeller told Deadline (see link below) that: “I could not dream of a richer canvas on which to work and so grateful to everyone who made this a reality.”
Simon Russell Beale is returning to the West End this month, starring in Nicholas Hytner’s new production of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman at the Bridge Theatre.