Felix Barrett and Dennis Kelly's mystery drama The Third Day is still heading our way this year, but the wait's going to be a little longer. The HBO series was originally set to premiere on Monday, May 11, – but was shifted to Fall 2020 over post-production work not completed prior to work on the series being stopped .
Executive-produced by Barrett, Kelly, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, the Naomie Harris–Jude Law-starrer is a story told in two halves:
● "Summer": Written by Kelly and directed by Marc Munden, the first-half is told over three episodes and follows the story of Sam (Law), a man who is drawn to a mysterious Island off the British coast where he encounters a group of islanders set on preserving their traditions at any cost.
● "Winter": Written by Kit de Waal, Dean O'Loughlin, and Kelly and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, the remaining three episode follow Helen (Harris), a strong-willed outsider who comes to the island seeking answers, but whose arrival precipitates a fractious battle to decide its fate.
Here's a look at the newest teaser, which is looking much less The Prisoner now and having much more of a Midsommer and The Wicker Man vibe – and offering quite a bit of Sam's twisted backstory:
HBO's The Third Day stars Law, Harris, Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts films), Emily Watson (Chernobyl), and Paddy Considine (The Outsider).
HBO's The Third Day is a co-production between the cable network and Sky – produced by new production house, Sky Studios, in partnership with Plan B Entertainment and Punchdrunk International. Kelly executive produces with Gardner and Kleiner for Plan B, Barrett for Punchdrunk International, Munden and Lowthorpe. Adrian Sturges serves as producer.
"I wanted to make a series that was unsettling and disturbing but that also spoke to fears that ran deeper than horror. The themes of the Third Day have long been obsessions of mine – it is about loss and hope and how both of those things can distort the mind in surprising and brutal ways."
– Dennis Kelly