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Guy Ritchie to Direct, Exec Produce Series Based on ‘Ray Donovan’ Media Play News

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February 28, 2024

Paramount+, Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios Feb. 28 announced that Guy Ritchie will direct and executive produce “The Donovans,” a new series loosely based on the Showtime series “Ray Donovan.” The series will debut on Paramount+ for subscribers with the Paramount+ with Showtime plan later this year.

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Irish award-winning screenwriter, producer and novelist Ronan Bennett will pen all 10 episodes.

In the series, with the most powerful clients in Europe, the Donovans will see family fortunes and reputations at risk, odd alliances unfold, and betrayal around every corner; and while the family might be London’s most elite fixers today, the nature of their business means there is no guarantee what’s in store tomorrow.   

“Guy Ritchie and Ronan Bennett are the ideal dream-team to create a new global hit franchise with The Donovans,” Chris McCarthy, president of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios, said in a statement. “Guy’s riveting and stylish directorial approach combined with Ronan’s captivating and brutally authentic writing will transfix audiences into a wild and twisted world full of new adventures.”

“We’re elated to partner with Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios to reimagine the Ray Donovan legacy together. Having Guy and Ronan sign on to join us on this incredible journey has been a true blessing,” David C. Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, said in a statement. “We could not be more thrilled to take this huge hit and create a new and exciting show for audiences all over the world.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with Showtime, Paramount+ and 101 Studios. We’re going to deliver a show which provides massive thrills, entertainment and a huge rush of adrenaline for audiences around the world,” Bennett said in a statement. “At the same time, I’m totally focused on exploring real characters, in body and in soul, and I’m committed to writing stories with deep dramatic impact. We’re going to get under the skin of the criminal underworld, in a way which will show you the bone-deep truths of how they live and how it sometimes will – inevitably – impact on our own lives.”

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Bennett is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, journalist and novelist, whose early life run-ins with the law underpin his portrayal of crime and justice. At just 19 years old, Bennett was wrongfully convicted of murder and serving life in a maximum-security prison, until 18 months later when his conviction was overturned, following legal appeals.

Bennett’s harrowing experience influenced his first major work The Catastrophist, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award for best novel. His distinct point of view on the criminal underworld caught the eye of Michael Mann, who commissioned Bennett to write the screenplay for Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. In 2011, Bennett created, produced and wrote all episodes of “Top Boy,” a crime-fueled drama series chronicling drug dealing and gang violence in London. Bennett is also the creator and showrunner of the upcoming TV adaptation of “The Day of the Jackal,” which stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and has been written by Bennett.

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