Ray Donovan Spinoff From A-List Director Gets Fans Super Excited

By TeeJay Small | Published

Since Ray Donovan concluded its historic television run over 4 years ago, fans have been pining to see more of the South Boston fixer and his dysfunctional family on their screens. According to a recent write-up in The Hollywood Reporter, this wish will soon become a reality, with acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie poised to launch a spinoff series titled The Donovans. The crime drama will premiere as a Paramount+ original, and build on the existing characters and universe of the beloved Showtime series which ran from 2013 to 2020.

The Hit Crime Drama Returns

Ray Donovan was one of many prestige series with big-name stars attached, proving that the glitz and glamor of film and television are more closely intertwined than ever before. The crime drama starred Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Elliott Gould, Susan Sarandon, and Breaking Bad‘s Steven Bauer. The show centered on a South Boston thug who found great fortune bailing Hollywood celebrities and powerful influencers out of trouble using his sharp wit, industry connections, and occasional use of physical violence.

Guy Ritchie Is The Perfect Director

The new series will be based only loosely on the world of Ray Donovan, as Guy Ritchie takes the show’s concept and exports it to an exciting new locale. The Donovans is set to focus on elite fixers in London, who protect the interests of corporate billionaires, powerful business entities, and perhaps even the royal family. With cash exchanging hands, the ever-present threat of betrayal, and political alliances plaguing the characters in the show, The Donovans may also be influenced by series such as Game of Thrones.

From LA To London

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The Ray Donovan spinoff will air 10 episodes in its first season, all written by award-winning Irish scribe Ronan Bennett, who is best known for his work on Top Boy. Furthermore, The Donovans‘ London setting and focus on high-intensity crime makes Guy Ritchie the perfect director to helm the series, as many of his greatest works have similar themes and settings. Ritchie is currently working on a number of projects, including another crime drama series for Netflix titled The Gentlemen.

Fans Hope For An Appearance From Ray

While very little is known about the plot and characters of The Donovans at this time, many fans are still holding out hope that Ray Donovan himself will appear in the show, even for just a cameo appearance. Ray managed to make it to the end of his own series alive, though the show ended on an incredibly abrupt note, leaving very little time for the title character to receive a proper send-off. Depending on when the new show takes place, Liev Schreiber could reprise the role as an older Ray, or a younger actor could portray a child version of him, on a cross-Atlantic vacation from his Massachusetts home.

Not Long To Wait

The Ray Donovan spinoff will premier later this year exclusively on Paramount+, with a 10-episode first season. With any luck, The Donovans will perform well enough to incur a number of subsequent seasons, providing fans with all the high-intensity corporate drama and criminal coverups they need.