FX has ordered the new series Never Let Me Go, a one-hour drama inspired by Kazuo Ishiguro’s science fiction novel, exclusively for Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories, it was announced today by Gina Balian, President, FX Entertainment. The series is produced by DNA Productions with FX Productions and Searchlight Television.
In this sci-fi thriller, Thora, a rebellious teenage clone, escapes from the boarding school where she and her fellow clones are kept hidden from society, but as she starts living undercover in the outside world, she unwittingly sets in motion events that will spark a revolution and test the boundaries of what it means to be human.
Viola Prettejohn, in the role of “Thora,” will star with Tracey Ullman, Kelly Macdonald, Aiysha Hart, Spike Fearn, Shaniqua Okwok, Gary Beadle, Kwami Odoom, Susan Brown, Keira Chanse and Edward Holcroft.
“Never Let Me Go is a modern science fiction classic that Melissa Iqbal and the creative team have brilliantly adapted for FX as a drama exploring timely and unsettling themes on life and the ethics of technology,” said Balian. “We are honored to partner with Andrew and Allon at DNA Productions, Searchlight Television, Alex Garland, Marc Munden, Kazuo Ishiguro and the incredible cast on this exciting new project.”
Melissa Iqbal (The Nevers, Humans) wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Marc Munden (Utopia, Help, National Treasure), who also directed the pilot. Alex Garland (Ex-Machina, Never Let Me Go, Devs) will also executive produce along with Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich and Maria Fleischer of DNA Productions (Ex Machina, Devs, Trainspotting), and Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go) serve as executive producers. Kharmel Cochrane (The Lighthouse, The End of the F***ing World) served as casting director.
Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go was published in 2005 to tremendous acclaim and was nominated for the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named the best novel of 2005 by Time Magazine.
Searchlight Pictures previously adapted the novel into the acclaimed 2010 feature film written by Alex Garland, directed by Mark Romanek and produced by Macdonald and Reich. Macdonald and Reich also collaborated on the FX limited series Devs.
Viola Prettejohn (The Nevers, Counterpart, The Witcher) is represented by Insight Management & Production and CAA
Tracey Ullman (FX’s Mrs. America, Into the Woods, Howards End) is represented by Hamilton Hodell and CAA.
Kelly Macdonald (Operation Mincemeat, Line of Duty, Boardwalk Empire) is represented by ICM Partners and Independent Talent Group.
Aiysha Hart (Desert Warrior, Mogul Mowgli, Colette, Line of Duty) is represented by Curtis Brown and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.
Spike Fearn (The Amazing Mr. Blunden, Sweetheart, Tell Me Everything) is represented by Alexander Cooke at Hamilton Hodell.
Shaniqua Okwok (Small Axe, Wolfe, It’s a Sin) is represented by Tavistock Wood.
Gary Beadle (Small Axe, Wheel of Time, Around the World in 80 Days) is represented by Lou Coulson Associates and Link Entertainment.
Kwami Odoom (Death in Paradise (BBC), Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre); A Christmas Carol (RSC)) is represented by United Agents.
Susan Brown (It’s a Sin, Game of Thrones, The Iron Lady) is represented by Hamilton Hodell.
Keira Chanse (Come Away, The Wheel of Time, The Capture 2) is represented by Hero Talent Group.
Edward Holcroft (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Wolf Hall, London Spy, The Undeclared War) is represented by Independent Talent.
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About Searchlight Television
Searchlight Television is the recently launched division of Searchlight Pictures, which develops and produces series for streaming, network, and cable partners. Its first production, “The Dropout”, won an Emmy Award for Best Actress for Amanda Seyfried, and earned an additional 5 nominations. The Hulu Original limited series, produced in conjunction with 20th Television, follows the true story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. Searchlight Television is also producing the Hulu Original variety series “History of the World, Part II”, the much-anticipated follow up to the classic Mel Brooks comedy film in partnership with 20th Television; the Spanish-Language limited series “La Máquina”, with Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, also for Hulu; and the eight-part series adaptation of “The Full Monty”, in partnership with FX and co-commissioned by Disney+ and FX. The division recently signed a multi-year first-look TV deal with multiple Academy Award winner Chloé Zhao, following her partnership with the studio on Academy Award winner Nomadland.