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Danny Boyle to Direct Pilot of Brit Police Series 'Babylon'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 23, 2013 at 1:30PM

Danny Boyle is set to direct the pilot for a new comedy-drama, "Babylon," which will air next year on the UK's Channel 4. Written by BAFTA winners Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong ("Four Lions"), the would-be series takes place in the world of modern-day policing.
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Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle is set to direct the pilot for a new comedy-drama, "Babylon," which will air next year on the UK's Channel 4. Written by BAFTA winners Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong ("Four Lions"), the would-be series takes place in the world of modern-day policing.

Boyle won praise for his handling of the 2012 London Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. His stage version of "Frankenstein" appeared on National Theatre Live in 2011, though he largely hasn't been associated with TV work for the past decade. His last big-screen venture, "Trance," hit theaters earlier this year. (Our TOH! interview with Boyle on the film is here.)

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.