Taking a page from the wonderful website The Spy Command, I am stealing their idea of a production timeline and putting that in place for the upcoming AppleTV+ show, Slow Horses, an adaption of the Mick Herron spy series.
There will likely be less news for this series than a Bond movie, but if you are looking for news, this will be the place it’s aggregated.
The newest news will be added to the top of the post. As with everything on the internet, rumors can be rampant so readers beware.
April 2, 2020 – An article on if.com.au by Don Groves talks about a streamed conversation for the Screen Producers Australia about coronavirus and film production. In the discussion, See Saw Films co-founder and current Managing Director, Emile Sherman, spoke about the effect of COVID-19 on their production slate. Sherman confirmed that Slow Horses is on hold but it sounds likely that he will push it into production as quickly as possible once the crisis is over as he described the show as a “motor for our company.”
Oldman’s star power and Apple’s money presumably make this an important show for See Saw.
March, 2020 – Coronavirus hits and production of just about every production in LA and London shuts down. When will filming start? That’s an open question at this point.
February 3, 2020 – The Film & Television Industry Alliance‘s production list has Slow Horses beginning production on April 6, 2020 with filming sites listed as London and Los Angeles. Based on production cycles it would be likely that the series would premiere in the Spring of 2021, likely around the February release of the next Slough House novel.
February 2, 2020 – Television Business International writer Stephen Arnell has the first in depth comments on the upcoming series from Mick Herron.
‘I’m very happy that we have a great team in Graham Yost (Justified) and Will Smith (Veep) bringing Slow Horses to the screen. I’ve already visited the writers room,” he says, adding that Yost’s presentation of the show’s storyline to Apple was “incredibly impressive.”
Read the article for more information.
November 15, 2019 – Variety reports that Gary Oldman has signed as Jackson Lamb for a TV adaption of Slow Horses for AppleTV+. The series is produced by See Saw films, with Graham Yost and Will Harris as executive producers. No timeline on release is given, but with Oldman currently filming the movie “Mank” about the making of “Citizen Kane” it likely wouldn’t start production until early spring.
June 25, 2019 – In a second interview with Spybrary podcast, Herron reveals he has met with writers for an adaption of his novels.
June 14, 2019 – In a summary of a book event with Mick Herron, the blog for the bookshop Withnail Books reports that Herron had spent several days working with the writers of a potential adaption saying it look “probable” to happen.
June 11, 2019 – Joe Country, the sixth book in the Slough House series is released.
June 5, 2018 – London Rules, the fifth book in the Slough House series is released in the US. It was released in January in the UK.
February 23, 2018 – Mick Herron appears on the Spybrary podcast and says that the tv process continues but won’t air anytime in the near future.
February 17, 2017 – Spook Street, the fourth book in the Slough House series is released.
January 16, 2016 – Real Tigers, the third book in the Slough House series is released.
2015-2016 – At some point between 2015 and 2016, Mark Richards, the editorial director for John Murray picks up the worldwide rights to the series, leaving the US rights with Soho Press.
October 16, 2015 – The book publication The Bookseller reports that British publisher John Murray Ltd. picked up the UK rights to the Slough House series from Soho Press. They will publish the series starting with Real Tigers and reprint the first two novels in the series.
2015 – As reported by The Bookseller, See Saw Films picks up the film rights to the series at auction.
May 7, 2013 – Dead Lions, the second book in the Slough House series is released.
June, 2010 – Slow Horses, the first book in the Slough House series is released.