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Showtime lands Purity miniseries starring Daniel Craig

With a fifth outing as James Bond looking unlikely, the actor has signed on for a new 20-episode series based on a dense novel by Jonathan Franzen

Showtime lands Purity miniseries starring Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig is heading to the small screen. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Showtime will screen the new hotly anticipated limited series Purity, which stars Daniel Craig. An adaptation of the acclaimed Jonathan Franzen novel, it received multiple high-profile bids from Netflix, FX and more.

The cable network will screen 20 episodes of the show. According to Variety, the deal is a lucrative one for Craig.

The actor has yet to confirm whether he’ll return to play James Bond. Purity will mark his first major television series since the BBC epic Our Friends in the North in 1996 – and his first stateside show.

Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children) will write and direct all 20 episodes. Oscar winner Scott Rudin (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Social Network, Moneyball) is the producer.

Franzen’s novel received great acclaim upon its publication last year, with the Guardian’s reviewer hailing its “delicious observations about contemporary life [and] the breathtaking scope of its ambition”. Its plot includes the titular character’s search for her father and her connection with the boss of a WikiLeaks-esque site.

Showtime president and CEO David Nevins praised Franzen’s book as “an epic American novel that pulses with the energy of a psychological thriller … Purity promises to be the kind of taut, long-form, serialized storytelling that is the best of premium television, and is precisely what we at Showtime aspire to deliver.”

As for returning to the Bond franchise, Craig said during the press rounds for Spectre that he’d had enough, and would “rather slash my wrists” than play the role for a fifth time. “If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money,” he told Time Out.

Production on Purity begins in 2017. No premiere date has been set for the series, which will air over the course of two-year period.

Franzen’s 2001 novel The Corrections came near to being adapted for the small screen as well, with film-maker Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) tapped to direct a cast that included Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor. HBO, however, reportedly passed on the project in 2012, after part of the pilot had been shot.

Daniel Craig ‘is DONE playing James Bond

Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig

JUST days after bookmakers stopped bets on Tom Hiddleston becoming the next James Bond, Daniel Craig has reportedly told studio bosses he is “done” playing 007.

The actor, who has played the secret agent since 2005, has allegedly earned a total of £38million for the four films he has starred in.

However, insiders now say the 48-year-old has turned down a £68million offer from MGM to return for two more films.

An unnamed LA source told the Daily Mail: “Daniel is done – pure and simple – he told top brass at MGM after Spectre.

“They threw huge amounts of money at him, but it just wasn’t what he wanted.”

They continued: “He had told people after shooting that this would be his final outing, but the film company still felt he could come around after Spectre if he was offered a money deal.”

However, another source told the publication that film executives agreed to let the actor leave after they grew tired of his criticism of the franchise.

Last year Daniel told interviewers he would “rather slash my wrists” than appear in another film.

Rumours of Daniel Craig departure

from the franchise come just days after it was reported bookmakers had suspended betting on Tom Hiddleston becoming the next 007.
Liam Glynn, a representative for Irish bookmakers BoyleSports, said in a press release: “Judging by the gamble on Tom Hiddleston we expect that it’s only a matter of days before he is announced as Daniel Craig’s replacement.”

Speculation that the Night Manager star could become the next Bond began after he appeared in the BBC drama.

Earlier this month, the 35-year-old denied he was in talks to play the spy when he appeared on The Graham Norton Show.

He told the host: “I promise, no one’s talked to me about it.”