Sky Atlantic has renewed the critically-acclaimed, BAFTA Award-winning drama series Penny Dreadfulfor a third season. Created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan, Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. A co-production with Showtime, the series will once again shoot on location exclusively in Dublin and Wicklow for a nine episode series to debut next year.
During a visit to the set last year, The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht stated that the first season alone of Penny Dreadful was worth €33 million to the Irish economy. With the second series of the gothic horror series currently airing on Sky Atlantic and third season coming next year, it is anticipated that Penny Dreadful could be worth up to €100 million for the Irish economy by the end of 2016.
Commenting on the recommission, Zai Bennett, Director of Sky Atlantic said: “Penny Dreadful is the perfect fit for Sky Atlantic; truly international in scale and ambition but with a raft of British talent at its core, and filmed in the Republic of Ireland. I’m thrilled to have the series returning to the channel, and to once again be partnering with John Logan and continuing to work with our good friends at Showtime.”
David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. added: “John Logan’s brilliant writing and this amazingly talented ensemble continue to draw a passionate, global fan base into the meticulously crafted world of Penny Dreadful. Together with our wonderful partners at Sky, we’re excited to see what new haunts John and his team have in store for season three.”
Penny Dreadful’s second season has found Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and the Creature (Rory Kinnear) are waging battles of their own.
IFTA award-winning Cork actress Sarah Greene returns as Evelyn Poole’s (Helen McCrory) powerful daughter Hecate. Two-time Tony Award® winner Patti LuPone appears as a special guest star, a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past and Simon Russell Beale is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle.
Penny Dreadful is created, written and executive produced by John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, and by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris’ (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife) Neal Street Productions.
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