Kudos has secured the rights to Ben Macintyre’s best-selling book SAS: Rogue Heroes and is developing a drama series that tells the story of how the world’s most renowned and ruthless special forces unit, the SAS, came to exist.
Screenwriter Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo) is on board to bring Macintyre’s book to the screen. With unique and privileged access to secret archives, the story promises the definitive account of SAS history.
Knight commented: “This will be a secret history telling the story of exceptional soldiers who decided battles and won wars only to then disappear back into the shadows. We will shine a light on remarkable true events informed by the people who shaped them.”
Martin Haines, joint managing director for Kudos, said: “The sheer scale of the adventures brilliantly told by Ben, and the extraordinary and varied characters involved, make this an incredibly exciting project. With Steven on board, we have the opportunity to redefine the genre completely.”
Karen Wilson, joint managing director for Kudos, added: “Steven is the perfect writer to bring this incredibly rich and powerful story to life. Imagine the men at the heart of this story being drawn with the same color, character and compassion as the iconic characters which feature across Steven’s work and you get a sense of the huge potential of this project.”