Paramount+ series Insomnia to film in UK

The psychological thriller is part of a Paramount+ push for more international originals.

By Gabriella Geisinger 29 Mar 2023

Paramount+ series Insomnia to film in UK
Sarah Pinborough, Cr: Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures

Paramount+ has revealed their latest series Insomnia is gearing up for pre-production and will shoot in the UK later this year. 

It is based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Pinborough, who is adapting the psychological thriller for the screen. Left Bank Pictures is producing, with Sony Pictures Television handling international distribution.

The story follows successful career woman Emma Averill, who fears she might be losing her mind when her hard-won dream life starts to turn into a nightmare. A few weeks before her fortieth birthday Emma stops sleeping — just as her mother had done at the same age, right before she suffered a violent psychotic break on the night of her own fortieth birthday. 

Emma’s mother always told her she’d go the same way, that she had the same "bad blood," and now Emma’s terrified it’s true.

Of the series, Deputy Chief Content Officer, UK, Paramount said: "Insomnia is a great addition to our growing UK scripted slate and is another example of the quality local content Paramount+ is commissioning from award-winning storytellers. We very much look forward to working with Left Bank Pictures on the series and seeing this heart-pounding thriller come to life."

Insomina is part of the streaming service’s strategy to commission 150 international originals by 2025. The growing list of UK originals includes A Gentleman In Moscow, The Ex-Wife, The Flatshare, Sexy Beast, The Killing Kind, The Doll Factory, No Escape, and The Burning Girls.

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