Monsieur Spade, a new crime limited series starring Clive Owen, is set to premiere on January 14, 2024, on AMC, AMC+, and Acorn TV. This series marks the television debut of the iconic detective Sam Spade, originally from Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 novel “The Maltese Falcon.”
The Reimagined Life of Sam Spade
Set in 1963, Monsieur Spade reimagines the life of Sam Spade, who finds himself retired in the South of France, a stark contrast to his former life as a hard-boiled private detective in San Francisco. The series explores Spade’s attempt to live a peaceful life, which is disrupted when he is drawn back into the world of mystery and intrigue following a series of brutal murders at a local convent.
The Central Mystery and the Mysterious Child
The show connects these murders to a mysterious child, rumored to possess great powers and somehow linked to the killings. The official synopsis teases, “When six beloved nuns are brutally murdered at the local convent, secrets emerge and new leads are established. The murders are somehow connected to a mysterious child who is believed to possess great powers.”
A Stellar Cast and Creative Team
Monsieur Spade features a notable cast ensemble, including Cara Bossom as Teresa, Denis Ménochet as Chief of Police Patrice Michaud, Louise Bourgoin as Marguerite Devereaux, Chiara Mastroianni as Gabrielle, and Stanley Weber as Jean-Pierre Devereaux. The series is a collaboration between Black Bear and Haut et Court TV, co-produced by Canal+ with local production services in France. FilmNation Entertainment handles international distribution outside of North America.
The Legacy of Sam Spade
Sam Spade, a character synonymous with sharp-wit and relentless pursuit of justice, has been previously portrayed by actors like Ricardo Cortez, Humphrey Bogart, and Edward G. Robinson. In Monsieur Spade, viewers will see a new dimension of this character as he navigates his retirement and is drawn back to his detective roots.
Academy-nominated and BAFTA-winning actor Clive Owen is set to bring a new depth to the character of Sam Spade. The series is co-created, written, and executive-produced by Scott Frank (The Queen’s Gambit) and Tom Fontana, with Scott Frank also serving as the director.
Monsieur Spade promises to offer a unique blend of mystery, drama, thriller, and crime genres. With Clive Owen’s portrayal of Sam Spade and a talented cast, the series is poised to be a captivating addition to the detective genre.