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Punchdrunk expands into TV production with Sky series starring Jude Law

Jude Law stars in Punchdrunk's television production The Third Day. Photo: Sky
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Immersive theatre company Punchdrunk has announced a move into television, with a drama series written by Dennis Kelly and starring Jude Law.

The Third Day will be Punchdrunk’s first TV production, and has been commissioned by Sky’s new production house Sky Studios and HBO, in partnership with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

The six-part series is written by Kelly and will star Law as Sam, who is drawn to a mysterious island off the British coast and is confronted with his past as reality and fantasy become blurred.

Punchdrunk’s work in the UK and abroad has included immersive shows such as The Drowned Man, Kabeiroi and Sleep No More, which has run in London, Boston, New York and Shanghai, where it has been running for more than two years.

The Third Day, which will be directed by Marc Munden, is Punchdrunk International’s first project for the screen.

Artistic director Felix Barrett, co-creator of the series, said: “At Punchdrunk International we have long harboured a desire to take our approach into television. We are thrilled to be working alongside Plan B Entertainment, Sky Studios and HBO to bring The Third Day to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic in 2020.”

Sky’s director of drama, Cameron Roach, described the series as the result of the “intoxicating combined imaginations” of Kelly and Barrett.

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