Director Edward Berger is following up his Oscar-winning film adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front with two more projects based on books.
The news comes just days after Berger’s anti-war film took home four Academy Awards, including the prize for best international feature.
Variety reports that Berger will direct an Amazon series based on Casey Sherman’s 2022 true crime book Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer on Cape Cod. The book tells the story of Tony Costa, who in 1970 was convicted of killing two women, and suspected of murdering several more. Oscar Isaac (Dune) is in talks to play Kurt Vonnegut, who wrote an article about Costa and corresponded with him.
The series will be written by Mohamad El Masri (Here and Now, Severance). Berger, Isaac, and Robert Downey Jr. are among the show’s executive producers.
Berger is also set to direct a Netflix U.K. series adaptation of Christopher Reich’s thriller novels featuring London spy Simon Riske, Deadline reports. Reich’s series debuted in 2018 with The Take, and was followed with Crown Jewel, The Palace, and Once a Thief. The adaptation will be written by Rowan Joffé, whose previous credits include the films 28 Weeks Later and The Informer.
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.