Danny Boyle to develop John Paul Getty III kidnapping series

By  PTI | Posted  20-Mar-2017

Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle

Los Angeles: British director Danny Boyle is moving forward with his long-gestating TV series about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.

The "Slumdog Millionaire" filmmaker will executive produce and direct the 10-episode series, titled "Trust", alongside writer Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson.

The series was picked up by bosses at American network FX last year, but casting is only now underway.

Production is slated to begin in London in June and the show will premiere in January next year.

The series will start off in 1973 and will centre on Getty III's kidnapping.

During the ordeal, Getty III's mother Abigail Harris begged oilman John Paul Getty, Sr. to pay the ransom, which he initially refused. He eventually agreed to pay up and his teenage grandson was subsequently freed.

However, the experience left Getty III with a lot of trauma and he suffered a drug overdose, which led to a stroke, kidney failure, and him becoming a quadriplegic. He died in 2011 at the age of 54.

This is the second project in development about Getty III's kidnapping - Ridley Scott has reportedly signed on to direct a movie version, titled "All the Money In the World."

Casting details have yet to be revealed, but he is said to be keen to land Natalie Portman to portray Harris, and Jack Nicholson to play Getty Sr.