Showtime’s “Purity” series is now on indefinite hold due to Daniel Craig’s James Bond filming schedule.
Last year came word that Showtime has been planning two ten-episode seasons of the series based on the Jonathan Franzen novel. The story is set across the U.S., Germany and South America.
Franzen is writing the adaptation with Todd Field and David Hare, and Field was set to direct all twenty episodes.
Craig has been slated to play the hacktivist crusader character Andreas Wolf, not the central character but one that appears in most episodes.
During the Television Critics Association summer press tour last year, Showtime President and CEO David Nevins said they had hoped to begin filming in 2017 and wouldn’t hit a conflict with Craig’s other filming commitments.
A year on, and the show hasn’t begun production. As a result, Nevins has changed his tune and says they plan to wait on Craig until after he’s done with the next Bond which won’t begin shooting until well into next year.
“He’s doing Bond first. I can’t say anything about what I know or don’t know about Bond. That’s not my area.”
In fact, Nevins sounds strangely non-committal this time out. Asked if the Bond filming meant Craig may not be available to shoot “Purity” until 2019, he responded: “It’s possible”. Asked if Craig is still committed to the project, Nevins offered just: “I think so, yeah.”