Chicago Nabs New HBO Series STATION ELEVEN

Chicago Nabs New HBO Series STATION ELEVEN

2020 will be off to an exciting start as yet another highly anticipated series will begin shooting in Chicago this January. STATION ELEVEN will be produced by Paramount TV for HBO-MAX, the new streaming service being rolled out by the cable giant in the new year. The 10-episode post-apocalyptic limited drama series is set to begin shooting January 13.

STATION ELEVEN is based on the New York Times bestseller and Arthur C. Clarke Award winning novel by Emily St. John Mandel. This saga centers on the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost. The HBO-MAX limited series is being written and executive produced by Patrick Somerville. Somerville was a writer and co-producer on the critically acclaimed series THE LEFTOVERS and executive producer of the Emma Stone-Jonah Hill Netflix series MANIAC.

YESTERDAY Star Patel, Davis Lead Cast

British actor Himesh Patel, who starred in the Danny Boyle box office hit YESTERDAY, and Mackenzie Davis of AMC's HALT AND CATCH FIRE are set as main leads in this limited drama series, with THE ALIENIST star David Wilmot set as a series regular. Patel will star as Jeevan, an unemployed and ‘lost’ person who must step up into leadership when the deadly flu virus takes hold. Davis will play Kirsten, a character who is a performer in a post-apocalyptic Shakespearean acting troupe called ‘Travelling Symphony’ which performs in the settlements which have sprung up since the collapse of North America.

Meet the Team

Three-time Emmy nominee for his work on the series ATLANTA, Hiro Murai will direct the first several episodes and executive produce with Somerville, Scott Delman, Dylan Russell, and Scott Steindorff. Nate Matteson will serve as co-EP, David Nicksay as Line Producer, and Chicago's Dana Scott is set as Unit Production Manager. Keslow Camera will providing all cameras and gear for the series.

Speaking of cameras, another notable Chicago connection lies in Murai's cinematographer Christian Sprenger, who won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for ATLANTA and is an graduate of Columbia College Chicago.

Final bit of good news: While STATION ELEVEN was initially expected to split time between Chicago and Los Angeles, it looks like all ten episodes will now be fully filmed in Chicago. Check back here at screenmag.com as STATION ELEVEN begins shooting next month, and as HBO-MAX release dates and additional cast announcements become available.