Punchdrunk and Sky are set to collaborate on a new series spanning TV and immersive theatre.
It marks the theatre company’s first foray into television production, and the initial details for the project were announced last year, alongside its star, Jude Law.
The Third Day will comprises a six-episode TV miniseries – told in two parts – and a live immersive event.
Artistic director Felix Barrett, who is co-creating The Third Day, said: “To tell a story that spans TV and live action has been a long held ambition of mine. The Third Day will be both a T show and a world you can enter, giving viewers the chance to live and breathe the narrative.”
The Third Day is the first production of Sky’s new production house, Sky Studios, with HBO, Plan B Entertainment and Punchdrunk.
Law will appear in the first TV story, Summer, which is written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden.
It will be shown on Sky Atlantic, and will be followed by a “major immersive theatre event” enabling viewers to become part of The Third Day story, which is created by Punchdrunk and directed by Felix Barrett.
Plans also include allowing audiences to follow the events online for people without live tickets.
The Third Day will then continue with a further three-episode TV story, Winter, starring Naomie Harris.
Written by Kelly, Kit de Waal and Dean O’Loughlin, the final part will be directed by Philippa Lowthorpe.
Kelly, whose TV work has included Utopia and Pulling, said: “I wanted to make a series that was unsettling and disturbing but that also spoke to fears that ran deeper than horror.
“The themes of The Third Day have long been obsessions of mine – it is about loss and hope and how both of those things can distort the mind in surprising and brutal ways.”
The television series launch on Sky Atlantic on May 12, and further details of the live event will be announced in the coming weeks.