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Sexy Beast made its share of waves during the 2002 awards season, notably due to the 2001-released crime drama’s showcase of Sir Ben Kingsley – in shockingly transformative form – in his Best Supporting Oscar-nominated performance as the sociopathic powder-keg of a criminal, Don Logan. However, it seems that the property will do so again, this time in the form of a prequel TV series on the Paramount Network.
Indeed, the Sexy Beast prequel series – a shopped project picked up last year – has officially received the green light from Paramount Network, which just made the confident-inspired move of a straight-to-series order for a 10-episode inaugural season, according to Variety.
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While no casting information has been revealed, the series, reportedly set during “the vibrant and volatile 1990s,” will explore the formation of the original film’s depicted criminal collaboration of protagonist Gal (Ray Winstone) and Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), which was the foundation for the film’s inciting incident, in which Logan abruptly interrupts the mellow married life – to former porn star wife DeeDee (Amanda Redman) – of the retired Gal, aggressively (and with violent duress,) offering him an opportunity to revive their partnership with a bank robbery in London.
Paramount’s Sexy Beast prequel series will see Michael Caleo serve as writer and executive producer. He brings experience as a writer/producer from NBC’s 2013 Ironside reboot series, along with episodes of Rescue Me and The Sopranos, as well as the screenplays for films like 2013’s The Family and 2006’s The Last Time.
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