AceShowbiz - "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" screenwriter Peter Straughan and director Tomas Alfredson are reteaming for a new series based on author Dave Hutchinson's "Fractured Europe Sequence" novels.
Hutchinson has written four novels since 2014 and all will form the basis for the eight-part series, titled "Europa", set in a futuristic Europe.
"Europa is a unique blend of classic spy novel and mind bending science fiction," director Alfredson says. "Set in the not too distant future, in a world that for the most part looks and feels very much like our world today, the story offers a rich and thrilling allegory for our contemporary times."
The deal was announced by Legend's partner Mike Jackson at a panel discussion during the 2021 Tribeca Festival as he revealed that the deal "just happened today" and was therefore news to the singer.
"We just partnered with Bernie Mac's estate to cover Bernie Mac's story," Jackson said, to which John replied, "Look at you breaking news over here!"
John then added that the biopic about one of the "original kings of comedy" is "the Soul Men reunion you all wanted to see" after he starred alongside Mac in 2008 movie "Soul Men" - one of three films released after Mac's death that year.
"He truly just got joy from lighting people's faces up with laughter," John said of working with Mac on the film.