Trailer Released for Danny Boyle's 'Babylon' Pilot
Following acclaim on the big screen, and center stage in a production during the Olympics, Danny Boyle is venturing to scripted series on the small screen, and a trailer has just been released for his latest offering.
The Academy Award-winning director of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has helmed the pilot of ‘Bablyon,’ a cop comedy (maybe dramedy) that is set to premiere next month on Channel Four.
The minute-long trailer gives a better sense of the tone of the series, which looks to be tilting more towards the capricious than it is the grave, even though Boyle’s features tend to be more serious.
‘Babylon,’ which is not to be confused with the recent IFC comedy debut ‘The Spoils of Babylon,’ or the since-ended British drama ‘Hotel Babylon,’ or mid '90s sci-fi series ‘Babylon 5,’ follows a law enforcement department in need of a new image.
The London Police force, led by Chief Constable Richard Miller (James Nesbitt), hires a public relations expert following a series of gaffes and incidents. Enter the smart and savvy American Liz Garvey, played by Brit Marling, whose latest film ‘The Better Angels’ just debuted at Sundance. Antics, jokes, and surely some drama, ensue.
Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, writers of the British comedy ‘Peep Show,’ penned the pilot, and six more episodes have already been ordered by BBC Four, but have yet to be filmed.
The trailer seems rife with Boyle’s signature beautiful, frenetic camera, his quick, tense pacing, and lots of playing around with lighting. There is action too, of course, and a very modern feel.
You can check out the trailer below. ‘Babylon’ premieres on Feb. 9 on Channel Four.