If you’ve been waiting a long time for a Station Eleven movie, or you just want to know what’s going on with the Station Eleven limited series to be streamed on HBO max (from WarnerMedia), here’s what we know:
What’s it about?
Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic drama about people who are navigating the world after a disease called the “Georgia Flu” has wiped out the majority of the populace. Most of the action takes place about 15 years after the world-decimating event. There’s a place some have heard of called the Museum of Civilization which many people are headed towards in hopes of finding people they’ve lost or for other ends.
Station Eleven was published in September 2014 and won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in May 2015. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
See The Bibliofile’s Review and Summary of Station Eleven (the novel).
What format will it be? Will Station Eleven be a Movie or Series?
It’s planned as a 10-episode limited series. Each episode will be one hour.
Who’s behind it?
Patrick Somerville will serve as the showrunner and producer for the Station Eleven adaptation. Somerville is responsible for shows such as Maniac (2018) and The Leftovers (2014). Maniac was a mind-bending HBO show starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill that was very well-received by critics.
The director for the project will be Hiro Murai. Murai has previously shot episodes of Barry, Snowfall, and Legion, and he also shot the pilot for Atlanta. Most notably, he directed the music video “This is America.”
The series itself will be available through the HBO Max streaming service, which is a new streaming service set to be released in 2020 that will compete with other services like Netflix and Hulu (see below for details).
The film rights were originally acquired by Scott Steindorff (Jane’s Got a Gun) but it looks that project never got that far and fizzled.
Where will it be streaming and what is HBO Max?
If you’re not familiar with it, HBO Max is the new streaming service from WarnerMedia. It’s planned for a 2020 release. Isn’t there already an HBO GO? And an HBO Now? Isn’t that confusing? Yes, yes it is confusing. Trust me, I have all these questions, too.
But the short answer is: HBO max is a streaming service from WarnerMedia that will be similar to Netflix, but with different content. It will include content from not only HBO, but also other WarnerMedia properties such as CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim.
What’s the status of the Station Eleven Series?
As of January 15, 2020, the show had begun filming, with plans to air in 2020. However it remains to be seen how COVID has affected those plans. Additional cast members were announced in March 2020.
People on twitter have reported seeing Station Eleven filming in Chicago, including posting photos of one of the stars, Himesh Patel, and a subway station covered in some post-apocalyptic overgrown plants.
— Hyde Park Trish (@HydeParkTrish) January 23, 2020
Who’s in the cast?
Mackenzie Davis will lead the cast of the Station Eleven series as Kirsten, the main character.
See the rest of the cast on IMDB.
When will it be released?
No exact date yet, but likely 2020. It won’t be released in 2019 because HBO Max is not going to be available until 2020. However, it’s already been announced as part of the HBO Max slate, so 2020 or 2021 seems likely.
Is there a trailer or teaser available?
Not yet! Stay tuned.
Station Eleven Series Development Timeline
September 9, 2014 Station Eleven (novel) is released.
February 10, 2015 Station Eleven film rights acquired by producer Scott Steindorff.
June 25, 2019 WarnerMedia orders Station Eleven as a 10-episode limited series from producer Patrick Somerville & Paramount. Hiro Murai is directing.
October 18, 2019 Mackenzie Davis & Himesh Patel To Star In ‘Station Eleven’ HBO Max Limited Series
January 19, 2020 Station Eleven begins filming.
January 26, 2020 Station Eleven filming around Chicago.
March 10, 2020 ‘Station Eleven’: Nabhaan Rizwan & Philippine Velge Join HBO Max Limited Series