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Showtime Orders ‘Escape At Dannemora’ Limited Series

Showtime has greenlit an eight-hour miniseries revolving around a real-life 2015 prison break in upstate New York.

The series, Escape At Dannemora, will star Benicio del Toro (Traffic), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Paul Dano (Love & Mercy) and will chronicle the prison break of two convicted murderers at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York with the aid of a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled, according to Showtime.

Ben Stiller will executive produce and direct the eight-hour limited series. Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin, Bryan Zuriff, Michael De Luca, and Nicky Weinstock will also serve as executive producers on the project.

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