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Peacock sets series based on Forsyth’s Jackal

A “contemporary reimagining” of the classic novel


A new series based on Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal with Top Boy showrunner Ronan Bennett attached, is set at Peacock.

Per Deadline, this “contemporary reimagining of the beloved and respected novel,” is the first TV rework, following Fred Zinnemann’s BAFTA-winning film 50 years ago. Production will begin next summer.

The novel, which was made into a 1997 thriller starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere titled The Jackal, follows a professional assassin who is contracted by a French paramilitary dissident to kill French President Charles de Gaulle.

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