45 Years helmer Andrew Haigh has boarded See-Saw Films’ limited series The North Water which is being developed with the BBC. He will adapt and is attached to direct the six-part mystery/survival drama that’s based on the 2016 book by Ian McGuire.
The North Water tells the story of Patrick Sumner, a disgraced former Army surgeon who signs up as a ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. On board, he meets Henry Drax, the brutish harpooner whose amorality has been shaped to fit the harshness of his world. Hoping to escape the horrors of his past, Sumner instead finds himself on an ill-fated journey with a murderous psychopath.
The book, published earlier this year by Henry Hoult, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.
The timeline for the project is as-yet unclear. Haigh is also set to direct an untitled Alexander McQueen biopic, produced by Damian Jones and Pathé; and has recently wrapped Lean On Pete with Steve Buscemi.
Oscar-winning See-Saw has steadily been moving into television under the stewardship of the TV divison’s Hakan Kousetta and Jamie Laurenson. It’s currently in production on the second season of Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake starring Elisabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman.