Together they have created 2008’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, as well as adapting the harrowing real-life story of canyoneer Aron Ralston for 127 Hours. Now the British dream team of Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson are launching their first assault on American television with new miniseries, Telemark.
The ten episodes ordered by FX will be penned by Beaufoy and tell the real-life story of the British-trained Norwegian resistance fighters who fought to sabotage Hitler’s nuclear development programme during the Second World War.
“As we all know, some of the very best narrative fiction ever told is currently being created as episodic television,” said Beaufoy. “This incredible story is ideally suited to the slower burn and added complexity that the longer format allows, and I can’t wait to get my teeth into this.”
“This is one of the world’s greatest stories, and we want to tell it on an epic scale,” added Boyle.
Between them the trio already have their fair share of silverware. Boyle won the Golden Globe and Oscar for his direction of Slumdog, plus nominations at both ceremonies in 2011 for penning the 127 Hours screenplay with co-writer Beaufoy.
Beaufoy’s screenwriting for Slumdog also won him the Academy Award and Golden Globe, meanwhile Colson took home prizes at both ceremonies for his producing duties and earned his own best picture Oscar nomination for 127 Hours.