Oscar-winning Director to Helm UK Pilot 'Babylon'

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle headed to 'Babylon'

He conquered Hollywood with an Academy Award-winning effort in 2010. He coordinated one of the most memorable opening ceremonies ever with London's 2012 Olympics. Now it looks like 2014 will be the year film director Danny Boyle will tackle the small screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director is set to take the helm of a new UK cop series pilot 'Babylon,' slated for production next year on Channel Four. The drama pilot will be written by BAFTA-winning writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong -- the duo is behind the hit UK comedies 'Fresh Meat' and 'Peep Show,' as well as the critically acclaimed film 'Four Lions.'

'Babylon' marks the first foray into television for the director in 12 years, helming two films for the BBC in 2001. Channel Four's film division, Film4, produced Boyle's Academy Award winning 2008 film 'Slumdog Millionaire,' which saw him take home the eight awards including Best Director.

However, Boyle is perhaps still best known for his 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh's 'Trainspotting,' starring Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller. The director confirmed that a sequel to the cult film is currently in the works.

The network said it hopes to push the pilot into series production the same year. Given the talent behind the pilot, a series pick-up doesn't seem too far fetched. Are you excited to see what Boyle and company will bring to the screen?

- Jesse Armstrong
- Sam Bain
- Danny Boyle
- The 2012 Summer Olympics
- Peep Show
- Fresh Meat
- Channel 4

Written by: kyleiam
Aug 23rd, 2013, 6:32 am

Images courtesy of Channel 4

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