Amazon Studios is expanding its roster of international programs as it has greenlit the six-part horror-thriller series The Rig as well as landing Line of Duty and Bodyguard director John Strickland to helm the series, according to Deadline.
Penned by up-and-comer David Macpherson, the series is set onboard the Kishorn Bravo oil rig stationed in the dangerous waters of the North Sea off the coast of Scotland and centers on its crew are preparing to return to the mainland, only to be halted by a mysterious and all-enveloping fog rolling through, cutting off all communication with the shore and outside world. As they set out to determine the source of the fog, bonds become broken, allegiances are formed and generational fault lines are exposed.
“The Rig is a brilliant story, expertly told, in the most dramatic of settings” Georgia Brown, Director of European Amazon Originals for Prime Video, said in a statement. “It asks searching questions about nature and the environment, about what it takes to survive and to be human, which feels very pertinent to the world we are living in now. We’re delighted to add this to our growing roster of UK made Amazon Original shows.“
The cast is currently being built for the project, which hails from UK producer Wild Mercury Productions (Troy: Fall of a City, Humans) and has Derek Wax (Humans) and Strickland attached to executive produce with Suzanne Reid (Trust Me) set to produce and Kelly Valentine-Hendry (Broadchurch) acting as casting director for the series.
“The Rig is a character-driven, epic thriller, full of heart-grabbing action and bold, original ideas, and we are delighted to be working with Amazon Prime Video in bringing it to life,” Derek Wax, Managing Director of Wild Mercury, said in a statement. “David Macpherson captures life on a North Sea oil rig with extraordinary authenticity and it’s been exciting to work with him, director John Strickland and our creative team in realizing the scale and vision of this world.“