Perhaps this might be a little too early for some people’s taste, but others don’t seem to think so. There’s a new report that says Sky Atlantic is making a movie about the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.K. and that actor Kenneth Branagh will be playing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Here’s what you need to know.
According to Deadline, the project came about as part of a deal between The Trip director Michael Winterbottom and Fremantle’s Passenger, run by True Detective producer Richard Brown. The five-part drama will chart the events surrounding the U.K. Prime Minister, the government, and the country in the face of the first wave of the global pandemic.
Sky Atlantic Is Making A Movie About The Covid-19 Pandemic In The U.K.
What’s more, the series will trace the impact on Britain from the pandemic, and the response of scientists, nurses, and doctors as they worked to contain and overcome the virus. It is based on the first-hand testimony of people including those from Number 10 Downing Street, the Department of Health, The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), and from hospitals and care homes across the country.
The series is going to be directed by Michael Winterbottom. “The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered forever,” Winterbottom said in a statement provided to the press.
He went on to describe the current pandemic as: “A time when the country came together to battle an invisible enemy. A time when people were more aware than ever of the importance of community.”
As of press time, more than 3.6 million U.K. citizens have been infected with the novel coronavirus. More than 97.500 citizens have passed away from complications related to the respiratory illness.
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