HBO Europe greenlights first original drama from the Adria region
HBO Europe has greenlit its first original series from the Adria region, a multi-layered six-part drama set in contemporary Zagreb, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Danis Tanović (No Man's Land), the company announced in a press release.
Created and written by Marjan Alčevski, Success was selected as one of the winning projects at HBO Adria's First Draft contest to find new writing talent from the region. Success follows the intertwining stories of four strangers who are bound together irrevocably by a violent event. As the consequences of their actions threaten to catch up with them, these four, ordinary people, from diverse backgrounds, decide to regain control of their lives. A bitter ode to the city of Zagreb, Success dissects the layers of a modern urban society, exploring themes of frustration, alienation and the longing to be released from the trappings of everyday life.
Success will be directed by Bosnian-Herzegovinian director, screenwriter and producer Danis Tanović in his first drama series for television. Tanović's previous films include the critically-acclaimed and multi award-winning Death in Sarajevo and an Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker. His 2001 debut feature No Man’s Land, which he wrote and directed, won an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.
HBO Europe producers are Ana Balentovic (HBO Adria) and Johnathan Young (HBO Europe). The 6x60' series will be produced by Zagreb-based production company Drugi plan.
Antony Root, Executive Vice President of Programming and Production, HBO Europe, says: "Success is a beautifully-written drama that scratches beneath the surface of contemporary urban life, with a gripping story that unravels layer by layer. We're thrilled to have uncovered a brilliant young writer in Marjan, and to be welcoming Danis to HBO Europe for his first television series – and to our first original drama from the Adria region."
Director Danis Tanović, says: "For a long time I've been getting offers to make series which I think, at the moment, are more interesting and inventive than the movies, but none of them intrigued me so far. Marjan Alčevski's script is amazingly written, and I'm really happy that HBO has recognized its quality and given me the opportunity to collaborate on it."