Danny Boyle has confirmed that plans to create a television series acting as a prequel to his 2000 film The Beach has been given the go-ahead.
The original film, based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland, was hugely successful at box office but the critical reviews didn’t reflect positively.
Starring the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Virginie Ledoyen and Robert Carlyle, the film sparked a major tourism boom on the island of Koh Phi Phi in Thailand after it was used as a major filming location.
The film was originally adapted by alongside Boyle’s longterm collaborator John Hodge however, for the TV series, Amy Seimetz has been recruited as lead writer of what is being described as a ‘prequel’ despite it being set 20 years later. “The Beach may come back,” Boyle said in an interview with The Independent.
“[Seimetz] has taken The Beach and made a prequel for television. It’s the same character but it’s set now, so 20 years later – it’s a bit of a headf**k,” he added.
He continued: “It’s intriguing when you see it. I’ve read the first two scripts. I don’t know if they’ll have the courage to do it at FX, but you never know.”