British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has signed a new deal with HBO that will see him writing, executive producing and directing a new drama, Silk Road, for the network. Details about the project are not known at this time, but it is said to be in the vein of The Prisoner and there is a real Silk Road, which is an online black market that sells contraband.
Wheatley, who directed the films Down Terrance, Kill List and Sightseers, will still be working in the film world, as he is developing a civil war (not the American one) drama called A Field in England, as well as a sci-fi action film named Freak Shift. Rapidly Wheatley has developed a reputation as one of Britain's most distinctive filmmakers.
Wheatley will be joined as executive producer on the project by Mythology Entertainment’s Bradley J. Fischer, Laeta Kalogridis and James Vanderbilt, as well as Rook Films, Amy Jump and Andy Starke will co-executive produce as well.
Mythology Entertainment is also working on other upcoming projects, including a Showtime documentary about Suge Knight that will discuss the murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., as well as upcoming thriller White House Down starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum.