HBO Orders BUDA BRIDGE Pilot From BULLHEAD Director Michael Roskam

     August 9, 2012


HBO is bringing together a triple powerhouse of talent to head up its pilot script for Buda Bridge.  At the center of the it all is Michael Roskam, who received an Oscar nom in Best Foreign-Language Film for his Belgian production Bullhead.  Roskam is set to write and direct the pilot, as well as executive produce.  Sharing the producer credit is Michael Mann, who partnered up with David Milch last year for the fantastic (but belegured) horse racing series Luck (also on HBO).  Finishing out the trio is Mark Johnson, an executive producer on Breaking Bad.  That credit speaks for itself.

Buda Bridge is a Belgian-set crime story set in a Brussels of the near future.  A woman is found dead on Buda Bridge, which leads to violent crimes and oddities that unleashes mayhem on the capital city.  Twin Peaks: Europe?  For more background on the project and the trailer for Bullhead, hit the jump.

Roskam’s film Bullhead was lauded for its striking portrayal of the cattle industry, specifically the practice of injecting animals with a synthetic growth hormone, a desperate situation mirrored by the plight film’s protagonist (Matthias Schoenaerts).  Apparently, both Johnson and Mann sought Roskam out after seeing the film, hoping to do a project together.  Roskam – luckily – had an idea for a TV series at the ready (always be prepared!) which has manifested in Buda Bridge.

As a side note, Mann, who has long collaborated with HBO, is already working on another project – the documentary series Witness.  Airing on consecutive Mondays, it will feature segments on war photographers risking their lives in conflict zones (Juarez, Uganda, Rio and Libya).  That series is set to premiere in November.