The team behind the Sundance film, The Witch have made the decision of telling the story of the Russian “mad monk” Rasputin in an extended series. Company Media Rights Capital (Ted and The Dark Tower) have appointed The Witch‘s writer-director Robert Eggers to write and direct six to eight episodes covering the origins of Rasputin in Siberia and his rise to power and death in St. Petersburg. Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen from Parts and Labors will be the producers for the miniseries.
This miniseries is a second major project developed on the subject of Rasputin while Warner Bros are separately working on a Rasputin film. American Sniper’s scribe Jason Hall will write the screenplay with Leonardo DiCaprio to potentially play the leading role of the mad monk.