TV News: Last, Hitler, Land, Janus, Suburra, Jazz

The Last Panthers
SundanceTV has acquired broadcast rights to six-hour heist thriller “The Last Panthers” starring Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim, Goran Bogdan and John Hurt. SundanceTV will air “Panthers” in Spring.

The series begins with a daring diamond robbery, then transfers to the heart of Europe as a British loss adjuster and a French-Algerian policeman are on a collision course with a Serbian gangster. Johan Renck directs from an idea by Gallic journalist Jerome Pierrat and a screenplay by Jack Thorne. [Source: Variety]

UFA Film, TF1 and RTL are teaming for the ambitious ten-episode historic drama series “Hitler”. Production is set to begin in 2016.

Based on Thomas Weber’s biography “Hitler’s First War,” the story runs from the end of World War I up to World War II and the Holocaust and will reflect his story through his former comrades – Fritz Wiedemann, Hugo Gutmann and Karl Mayr. [Source: THR]

The Perished Land
Producers Frank Doelger (“Game of Thrones”) and Jonathan Stamp (“Rome”) are teaming to co-write and produce the twelve-episode ambitious new fantasy series “The Perished Land” which is set in a fictional, tribal world.

Talanton, described as a place of great natural beauty, is the home of five tribes who are attacked by an outside force. The series will reportedly have a $3.4 million budget per episode. [Source: THR]

EuropaCorp Television Studios USA has begun development of pharmaceutical thriller series “Janus” for U.S. network ABC. Kevin O’Hare is writing the pilot and Thor Freudenthal (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”) will direct and executive produce.

An adaptation of the Austrian drama of the same name, the story follows a forensic psychologist married to a pharmaceutical researcher who refocuses his life to seek answers on how to help his son after being diagnosed as a psychopath. When a rash of murder-suicides breaks out, he teams up with a homicide detective. [Source: Variety]

Netflix has closed a deal to produce its first original Italian series, the ten-episode “Suburra” which deals with the mob’s political and Vatican connections in contemporary Rome. Production begins late next year ahead of a 2017 premiere.

Cattleya (“Gomorrah”) will produce in collaboration with Italian public service broadcaster Rai with Stefano Sollima to direct. A feature film kicks off the saga which will launch in Italian theatres on October 14th. Netflix will debut the movie in the U.S. and Latin America day and date. [Source: Variety]

The Axeman’s Jazz
See-Saw Films and recent “Macbeth” film writer Michael Lesslie are re-teaming on an event TV series adaptation of Ray Celestin’s debut novel “The Axeman’s Jazz”.

The critically acclaimed true story follows a serial killer who terrorised New Orleans for more than a year after the First World War. Blending music, history and crime, the action follows three people – one aided and abetted by a young, cornet-playing Louis Armstrong – as they set out to unmask th killer. [Source: Deadline]