Short of “All the President’s Men,” one of the best screen works about journalism is “Cracker” and “Shameless” creator Paul Abbott’s award-winning 2003 BBC One mini-series “State of Play”.
Not to be confused with the loose 2009 remake with Russell Crowe which wasn’t a patch on the original, the mini-series begins when a young female researcher working for politician Stephen Collins (David Morrissey) is killed on the London Underground.
Journalist Cal McCaffrey (John Simm) and his editor Cameron Foster (Bill Nighy) investigate, uncovering a complex story that reveals links between government and big business. James McAvoy, Polly Walker, Philip Glenister, Benedict Wong and Kelly Macdonald co-starred with Nighy winning a BAFTA for best actor for his role.
Now, Deadline reports that Abbott is in active development on a new season of the political thriller with Endor Productions producing the new take. Abbott came close once before back in 2007 with scripts following Simm and Nighy’s characters. So, a decade on, Abbott is having another attempt. No official producers are attached at this time.