Just two months after Disney launched its new general entertainment brand “Star” on Disney+, the first British “Star Originals” for Disney+ has been announced. The new Star Original is called “Culprits”, which is a dark and funny heist series from acclaimed film-maker J Blakeson (I Care A Lot, The Disappearance of Alice Creed).
“Culprits” follows what happens after a heist, when the crew have gone their separate ways, but are being targeted by a killer one-by-one.
This series will consist of 8 45 minute episodes. No release date has yet been announced.
This is going to be a whip-smart thriller created and directed by J Blakeson, executive produced by Stephen Garrett (The Undoing; The Night Manager), and produced by Morenike Williams (Killing Eve). Culprits is a Character 7 production.
Stephen Garrett, Executive Producer, commented:
“J and I started working on the smart, twisty thriller that is Culprits a couple of years ago. We are immensely proud that Disney+ have decided to make it one of their platform-defining shows. The additional thrill for me is that I’m working with a writer-director at the very top of his game.”
J Blakeson, Series Creator and Director, commented:
“I am thrilled to be partnering with Character 7 and Disney+ on Culprits. Disney+ has quickly become one of the most exciting outlets for must-watch TV, so I’m excited Culprits will find its home there. And it is such a pleasure to be collaborating with Stephen Garrett, who has an impeccable track-record making brilliant and impactful shows.”
This follows this week’s earlier announcement of some new British made Disney+ Originals including “The Ballad of Renegade Nell” and “Save Our Squad”. Disney is planning on creating 50 productions in Europe by 2024. Disney has already announced 14 of these European originals.
The new British Originals will be executive produced on behalf of Disney by Johanna Devereaux, Director of Scripted, who said:
“It is a pleasure and a privilege to be working with these exceptional writers and producers. The Walt Disney Company is deeply committed to supporting diverse, ambitious storytelling from renowned creators and brand new voices, and we are thrilled to welcome Sally, J, Emma, and their outstanding producing teams to Disney+.”
Liam Keelan, Vice President Original Content also commented spoke about the upcoming new British made Disney+ Originals,
“These three outstanding titles represent exactly where we want to be with our commissioning strategy for Disney and Star – projects of scale, originality and with top talent attached. This is just the beginning of a concerted push to bring the best ideas and storytellers to the service, appealing to audiences both here in the UK and across the globe.”
Liam’s comment about appealing to audiences both in the UK and across the globe, should indicate that this series will be available in other countries with Star such as Canada and Australia. Disney has said that some Star Originals may also be released on Hulu in the United States as Hulu Originals.
Are you looking forward to seeing “Culprits” on Disney+?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.