The Rig is an upcoming thriller and David Macpherson’s debut as a show creator and showrunner. The series is set to be released on Prime Video later this year and is expected to be a tense, mysterious, and somewhat claustrophobic tale told in six episodes. You might want to sign up for it if you fancied such dramas as Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell, The Thing Below, Stillwater, or BBC1’s Triangle. If we think about it, oil rigs tend to provide exciting backdrops for thrillers. Fingers crossed, The Rig will work just the same.
The drama will be set on the Kinloch Bravo oil rig, stationed off the Scottish coast in the dangerous waters of the North Sea. When the crew is due to return to the mainland, a mysterious and all-enveloping fog rolls through, and they find themselves cut off from all communication with the shore and the outside world. As the rig is hit by massive tremors, the crew endeavors to discover what’s driving the unknown force. But a major accident forces them to ask questions about who they can really trust. But what else do we know about the chilling miniseries as of now?
The Inspiration Behind the Plot
The Rig was created by rising star writer-novelist-poet David Macpherson, directed and executive produced by John Strickland (Bodyguard, Line of Duty), and produced by Derek Wax’s Wild Mercury Productions (Humans, The Sixth Commandment). “Oil rigs and that world has always been a part of my life growing up,” Macpherson recently opened up to The Herald. “When they are in getting repaired at Invergordon, they tower over the town, and you see them wherever you are.”
“My dad used to build rigs at the yard in Nigg and then when we were a bit older, he started working offshore. He would always come back with lots of stories about all the strange things that happened out there. That world has fascinated me because it’s such a big part of Scotland’s story, “he added.” There’s so much tied up in it, yet it’s still a very hidden world. Unless you actually work out there, it’s very hard to imagine what it is really like. “
“Even with my dad and lots of my friends working offshore, having heard all the stories, it is nothing compared to being there and up close. I always wanted a strong Scottish element to the cast,” he continued. “Someone said to me yesterday: ‘It’s like we’ve got the Scottish Avengers.’ The offshore world is like a microcosm of the whole country, and we wanted to reflect that as well. Oil is an international business, so it was great to get [the Canadian actor] Emily Hampshire on board. “
Macpherson loves the isolated, confined setting on an oil rig, which he believes will contribute massively to the sci-fi’s atmosphere. “It is such a massive setting – the engineering is so large and overwhelming – I wanted a story that matched it in scale,” he says. “We are playing with a lot of big ideas about where we are nowadays in the world and where we might be going.”
Derek Wax, Managing Director of Wild Mercury told What to Watch: “The Rig is a character-driven, epic thriller, full of heart-grabbing action and bold, original ideas. David Macpherson captures life on a North Sea oil rig with extraordinary authenticity. “
“The Rig is a brilliant story, expertly told, in the most dramatic of settings, ”said Georgia Brown, Director of European Amazon Originals for Prime Video. “It asks searching questions about nature and the environment, about what it takes to survive and to be human.”
Line of Duty’s Martin Compston and Richenda Sandall star alongside Emily Hampshire from Schitt’s Creek and Iain Glen from HBO’s second most-watched show, Game of Thrones. Glen plays the crew leader, Hampshire portrays a scientist, and Compston takes on the role of a communications officer.
They will be joined in the cast by Owen Teale (Line of Duty), Richard Pepple (Code 404), Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe), Calvin Demba (Life), Emun Elliott (Guilt), Abraham Popoola (The Great), Stuart McQuarrie (The Singapore Grip) and Molly Vevers (The Spanish Princess). Bonnar and Elliott have previously started in the smash hit of BBC Scotland, Guilt. Interestingly enough, most characters are named after North Sea oil platforms.
Production & Release
The Rig got greenlit back in November 2020, filming happened in 2021, and all six episodes of the horror-mystery-thriller are set to stream on Prime Video later this year.
The show is the first Amazon Original Series filmed in Scotland entirely. The plot unfolds on the Kishorn Bravo oil rig of the North Sea. The Rig was shot partially on a Scottish oil rig, which got help with the supply for its set by Aberdeen oil companies, making it authentic. Scenes were also filmed at FirstStage Studios in Edinburgh, founded by Oscar-nominated producer Bob Last and actor-director Jason Connery, son of the late Sean Connery. In 2017, the studio served as the main location for the blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War. The Scottish Government has also supported production under a £ 1 million deal.
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