The order from the networks is a script with a goal to commission a series.
The series depicts a floating prison sailing from Ireland to Australia in the 19th Century. What starts as a simple but brutal journey across the sea becomes a study of humanity above and below the decks. The characters of Captain Byron Gibbons, a relentlessly ambitious empire-builder, and Cormac O'Brien, a naive Irish rebel convict, anchor the story.
"We are thrilled to work with Darius Films, BBC America and HBO Canada to bring Iron Belly to audiences around the world, as the show's unique mix of history, action and drama will resonate brilliantly with global viewers," said John Pollak, president of Electus International. "Our goal at Electus Studios is to deliver content that is unique in tone and unsurpassed in quality, always captivating viewers and leaving them craving for more."
Electus serves as the production studio for the series, which is co-produced by Electus and the LA and Toronto-based film and TV production company, Darius Films.