Showtime has given a formal eight-episode order for the Ben Stiller-directed prison break drama “Escape at Dannemora” which will star Benicio del Toro, Paul Dano and Patricia Arquette.
Stiller will helm all eight episodes and executive produce the series which is based on the real-life Summer 2015 prison break in upstate New York which kicked off a massive manhunt.
The escapees? Two convicted murderers who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled.
“Ray Donovan” writers Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin will pen the series and will also executive produce alongside Nicky Weinstock, Bryan Zuriff and Michael De Luca.
The series will shoot at actual locations in Upstate New York later this year. No premiere date has been set.