Ridley Scott and Steven Knight to develop new WW2 series

Road to Freedom will examine the conflict from the perspectives of characters in the UK, US, Germany, Russia and France. 

Ridley Scott and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight are to partner up for a new WW2 series titled Roads to Freedom

The project will be based on historian Sir Antony Beevor’s series of bestselling non-fiction novels about the time period and consist of ten episodes. 

While the majority of Hollywood efforts delve into either the American or British side, Roads to Freedom aims “to tell the story from fresh and unique perspectives.”

Along with soldiers and civilians from the UK and the US, it will also explore “the brutal realities” from the viewpoints of those trying to survive across Russia, Germany and France.

“The emphasis is on humanity, the characters bound together by one dramatic story,” reads the official plot synopsis. 

“Some of the story lines will be discomforting, but heroic, and the race between East and West to capture Berlin will shed light on what became the foundations of the Cold War.”

Knight and Beevor will write all ten episodes with Scott set to direct the pilot. A broadcaster for the series has yet to be announced. 

Scott is also currently shooting the upcoming biographical crime drama House of Gucci starring Adam Driver and Lady Gaga while Knight is coming off writing Locked Down, a romantic comedy set during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Source: Deadline

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