Lucy Kirkwood’s West End play Chimerica will be adapted into a four-part TV series for Britain’s Channel 4, according to Variety. The series will be directed by Lady Macbeth director William Oldroyd, with Benedict Wong, who starred in the stage production, reportedly in talks to reprise his role.
Winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Play as well as the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Chimerica tells the story of an American photojournalist who witnessed the events of Tiananmen Square in 1989, and who, 23 years later, sets out to find the subject of his most famous photograph.
The TV series, adapted by British producer Colin Callender, will reportedly delve more deeply into the current issue of fake news. Playwright Kirkwood is also attached as an executive producer.
Chimerica received its world premiere at London's Almeida Theatre in 2013 and transferred to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre that same year.
The acclaimed Royal Court production of Kirkwood’s play The Children is currently running on Broadway through February 4. Set in a small cottage on the coast of England, the play sees three former nuclear engineers reunite to contemplate their part an environmental tragedy.