Mark Boal to Write and Produce New Spy Series for Showtime

Taking Homeland's spot?

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Academy Award winning writer Mark Boal will make his first venture into television with his newest anthology series, Intelligence.

Showtime describes the series as, “based on real stories from around the world, will explore the secret inner workings of power and how espionage intersects with politics, finance, media and Silicon Valley.”

The series is a spy-espionage thriller, with the first season centered around the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Boal will write, executive produce, and make his directorial debut in the new series for Showtime.

His collaborations with Kathryn Bigelow have won him two Oscars for his work in the highly acclaimed films, The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. His most recent work with Bigelow was the 2017 drama Detroit, which centered around the 1967 Detroit Riots. He also executive produced the newest Netflix original movie Triple Frontier, starring Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac.

This isn’t Showtime’s first series involving political espionage either. Homeland, their wildly successful 2011 political thriller, is one of the network’s longest running programs and has been nominated for over 30 Primetime Emmy Awards. And with Homeland coming to an end later this year, Showtime will likely look to Intelligence to take its place in the next decade.

There is currently no casting news for Intelligence, but along with Boal, Annapurna founder and Oscar nominated producer Megan Ellison is also set to produce alongside former HBO executive Michael Ellenberg.

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