Neil Schell lands co-production deal with Original Pictures Inc. (Fargo, Constant Gardener)
The counter-terrorist thriller series “OASIS” created by Schell has been picked up by Original Pictures Inc. of Toronto in a co-production deal. “This is the best idea I have read in a long time.” said Nicholas Hirst, CEO.
OASIS will be filmed in Cape Town, South Africa. OASIS – Organization of African Security Intelligence Services – is a counter-terrorist unit established by the African Union to thwart terrorist acts and incarcerate the perpetrators. The USA, Canada and UK play an integral part in the OASIS unit with Africans at the forefront of the decision making process since they know the lay of the land.
Canadian producer/director Neil Schell has been developing OASIS for the past 4 years. Having been in Kenya for several years making television, the advent of the Westgate Mall massacre in Nairobi where 68 innocent people were killed inspired Schell to create OASIS and write the pilot episode. In November of 2016, Schell approached Original Pictures Inc. (www.originalpicturesinc.com) with his OASIS synopsis. The production team consisting of Associate Producer Jessica Dunn, CEO Nicholas Hirst and Owner Kim Todd recognized the quality of the story and it’s timeliness of our current world political climate. This thrilling series is expected to go to camera early in 2018.