That Day of the Jackal follows”a professional assassin contracted by a French paramilitary dissident to kill French President Charles de Gaulle.“The TV series becomes a”contemporary reimagining of the beloved and respected novel,” with Ronan Bennett (Top boy) set to serve as writer and showrunner and Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) instruction. The novel was previously adapted as a feature film directed by Fred Zinnemann in 1973, which starred Edward Fox and Michael Lonsdale. The film received rave reviews and went on to win Best Film Editing at the 1974 BAFTA Awards, where it was also nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Soundtrack.
Carnival Films director Gareth Neame teased that Day of the Jackal TV series will “retain the pan-European setting and play to the strengths of episodic television in this fast-paced, intelligent international thriller with the story of an assassin and the race to stop him still at the heart of the action.” Lis Katz, president of scripted content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, added: “We are excited to adapt this internationally acclaimed classic into an updated, contemporary political thriller. Shepherded by novelist and showrunner Ronan Bennett and Carnival, this action-packed, high-stakes drama will be an edge-of-your-seat adventure for Peacock audiences.Production on the series will begin next summer, with original writer Frederick Forsyth on board as a consulting producer.