Rosamund Pike is set to star in and executive produce “The Banker’s Wife”, a high stakes international thriller drama series based on Cristina Alger’s book. The project, from Federation Entertainment and producer Sherry Marsh, also has brought on board top TV writer-creator Meredith Stiehm and top Tv director Lesli Linka Glatter.
Stiehm will adapt the novel and executive produce, Glatter will direct and executive produce. The two reunite after working together on Showtime’s Homeland where Stiehm was an executive producer and Glatter is currently an executive producer. Federation Entertainment, based in the U.S. and France, recently optioned The Banker’s Wife, which was released in early July by Putnam, and teamed with Pose and Vikings exec producer Marsh to develop a drama based on the novel.
Federation Entertainment’s boss Pascal Breton and U.S. chief Ashley Stern will exec produce the English-language series alongside Marsh via her Marsh Productions and Entertainment. The pitch for the female protagonist project with an all-female creative team is being taken out to cable and streaming networks.
‘The Banker’s Wife’ is set in the world of global finance from Geneva to Paris, London and New York. It is about two women racing for answers when a mysterious plane crash sets them off on parallel pursuits of truth. Inspired by the Panama Papers, as these women shine a light on hidden offshore accounts meant to be kept in the dark, they will become embedded in the crosshairs of danger within a larger conspiracy of money laundering, powerful politicians and a web of terrorists and criminals, thus transforming their lives forever.
Pike will next be seen in A Private War, where she plays legendary Sunday Times war reporter, Marie Colvin. This marks her first foray into longform, live-action TV series.