Tim Roth Is The ‘Knifeman’

The "Lie To Me" star signs on to headline David Cronenberg and Sam Raimi's new period series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last March, directors David Cronenberg and Sam Raimi announced that they were teaming up with Media Rights Capital to produce a "Knifeman" TV series based upon Wendy Moore's historical novel "The Knife Man." And now the project has found its star.

According to Deadline, Tim Roth has signed on to "Knifeman" to portray John Hunter, a historical figure who is often called the father of modern surgery. The real life Hunter was born in 1728 and he taught himself how to perform surgery by stealing bodies for dissection with his brother, William. Hunter was also something of a rock star surgeon who treated the most famous people of his era, but his most lasting contribution to the field of medicine was applying the scientific method to surgery.

The official description of "Knifeman" states that it "follows the trials and triumphs of a radical, self-educated surgeon delivering a visceral and psychological portrait of the extraordinary and unorthodox lengths he will go to uncover the secrets of the human body." Cronenberg will direct the pilot episode from a script by Rolin Jones ("Boardwalk Empire") based on a story by Jones and Ron Fitzgerald ("Weeds"). 

"Knifeman" will be the second starring TV role for Roth, who previously headlined Fox's "Lie To Me" as Dr. Cal Lightman. Roth is also well known for his numerous film roles including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Rob Roy, Planet of the Apes, The Incredible Hulk, Four Rooms and Legend of 1900.

Media Rights Capital is said to be shopping "Knifeman" to various networks in the near future, but it does not currently have a home on TV.

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