Gaumont is preparing the mysterious thriller “The Prince” with France TV Distribution

Gaumont, the powerhouse behind “Narcos,” “Lupin” and “Barbarians,” has embarked on “The Prince,” a period thriller series written by Charles den Tex and Paul de Vrijer (“Hunter Street”).

Currently in development, “The Prince” will be produced by Gaumont, as well as Stories, a label launched by France TV Distribution, and Dutch producers Paradise Media.

The six-episode series will be carried by a strong female character and will be inspired by the true story of the disappearance of Louis le Prince, the inventor of the very first cinema camera.

“The Prince” takes place in France, at the end of the 19th century, a few years before the invention of cinema. The Prince was a French artist who is said to have been the first to shoot a sequence of moving images, years before the Lumière brothers and Thomas Edison. The Prince mysteriously disappeared in 1890 shortly before a planned public demonstration of his camera in the United States

Den Tex is an Australian-born Dutch writer whose books include “Stolen Identity”. De Vrijer is a well-known writer and director known for “Misfit: The Series” and “Hunter Street.”

The show could be in the same vein as Netflix’s “Lupin,” another Gaumont-produced show starring Omar Sy as Assane Diop, a character inspired by the world-renowned gentleman thief and master of disguise. Arsène Lupin.

Gaumont has just entered into a long-term agreement with Paramount Plus to produce several original series in association with Paramount’s international studio, VIS. Green-lit French shows under the pact include “The Signal” with “Lupin” writer François Uzan serving as showrunner; “Desolate Future,” a dystopian thriller set in Patagonia and created by writer-director Lucia Puenzo (“The German Doctor”), who will premiere the series with her brother Nicolas Puenzo; as well as the German comedy-drama “Anywhere” by “Bad Banks” writer Jana Burbach; and the environmental thriller “Impact” by Oscar-winning documentary maker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (“Murder on a Sunday Morning”, “The Staircase” alongside Antoine Lacomblez (“Laetitia”) and Séverine Werba (“Spirale”).

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