Exclusive: Eddie Redmayne to film The Day of the Jackal in European locations

Redmayne will also executive produce the series, that is based on Frederick Forsyth's classic thriller 

By Nia Daniels 22 Mar 2023

Exclusive: Eddie Redmayne to film The Day of the Jackal in European locations
Eddie Redmayne via Ari Michelson

We can exclusively confirm that Sky and Peacock’s new adaptation of classic thriller The Day of the Jackal, starring Eddie Redmayne, will film in four main locations: Budapest, Austria, Croatia and London

The hefty shoot will run from June this year until early 2024, with Eddie Redmayne starring as the Jackal; he also executive produces. Carnival Films (part of Universal International Studios) is making the drama, with Brian Kirk directing from showrunner Ronan Bennett’s scripts. Christopher Hall produces. 

The series is based on the seminal novel by Frederick Forsyth and Universal Pictures’ 1973 film adaptation, but will more deeply explore the changeable character of the ‘anti-hero’ protagonist.  Forsyth will serve as consulting producer. 

Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant executive produce for Carnival, with Sam Hoyle for Sky Studios. Neame said when the Redmayne casting news was announced this week: “We are excited to bring to life Ronan Bennett’s re-imagining of Forsyth’s revered thriller in the complex world in which we live today and are incredibly fortunate to have an actor of Eddie’s calibre as our Jackal.

"Paired with Ronan’s screenplay and Brian Kirk’s direction, this is a first-class creative team.” 

Hungary, Croatia and the UK are well-known, established production hubs, with world-class studios and large pools of experienced crew, able to support multiple big-budget feature films and HETV dramas at any one time. 

Austria is raising its profile for international and inward investment producers too, with recent, high-profile shows such as Vienna Blood showcasing the locale. And filming recently got underway in Vienna on Stephen Frears’ The Palace for HBO, starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts. 

Full details on the tax incentives, studios, production/location services and more on the key filming locations can be found on KFTV using the above links.  


Eddie Redmayne image via Ari Michelson. 

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