Alex Gibney Teams With ‘Downton Abbey’ Producer Carnival on Cyber Warfare Series

Leo Barraclough

Filmmaker Alex Gibney, who won an Oscar for “Taxi to the Dark Side,” and producer Marc Shmuger are developing drama series “Stuxnet” with “Downton Abbey” producer Carnival Films and “The Americans” writer-producer Stephen Schiff.

The first season of “Stuxnet,” which is a working title, will be based on Gibney’s cyber-warfare documentary “Zero Days.” The film, which Gibney and Shmuger produced for Participant Media, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year to critical acclaim.

Season 1 of the thriller series will be about “what happens when a self-replicating computer virus developed by the West to disable and destroy nuclear facilities in the Middle East starts to spread beyond its intended targets, threatening the very security of those it was intended to protect,” according to a statement. “The drama will tell a tale of hackers, spies, nuclear secrets, and how one clandestine mission opens the Pandora’s Box of cyber-warfare forever — a new era of global conflict without rules.”

Carnival’s Nigel Marchant, David O’Donoghue and Gareth Neame will produce alongside Gibney, who is also attached to direct, Schiff and Shmuger. The show will be a Carnival production in association with Participant, distributed by NBCUniversal Intl. Distribution. Participant will also executive produce.

Gibney is represented by UTA, Schiff by ICM Partners with Industry Entertainment, and Shmuger by Verve.

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