The Beach: Leonardo DiCaprio film to become TV show, reveals Danny Boyle

Exclusive: Filmmaker shared details of new series based on his 2000 adaptation of Alex Garland's novel

Jacob Stolworthy
Tuesday 25 June 2019 08:24 BST
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Danny Boyle has revealed a TV show based on his film The Beach has been written by Amy Seimetz.

Boyle’s 2000 film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tilda Swinton, is based on Alex Garland's 1996 novel – and it now seems a small-screen revival isn’t too far away.

Speaking to The Independent, Boyle explained that Seimetz – the actor-writer-director who oversaw Steven Soderbergh series The Girlfriend Experience – was in charge of the project, which will be a prequel despite being set 20 years later.

The Beach may come back," he said. "[Seimetz] has taken The Beach and made a prequel for television. It’s the same character but it’s set now, so 20 years later – it’s a bit of a headf***."

The Yesterday director continued: “It’s intriguing when you see it. I’ve read the first two scripts. I don’t know if they’ll have the courage to do it at FX, but you never know.”

This would mean the series transposes events that took place around 1996 to approximately 2016. What inspired this decision remains to be seen.

Seimetz most recently starred in the remake of Pet Sematary and directed episodes of Atlanta‘s second season. In June 2018, she inked an overall deal with FX that sees her develop new TV projects exclusively for the network.

In the same interview, Boyle revealed a third 28 Days Later film is in the works with Garland, the writer of the 2002 original.

You can read the full piece here.

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