“We do not want to be an extended arm of the judiciary,” Goran Stankovic and Vladimir Tagic, authors of the successful series “Jutro ce promeniti sve”, said in an interview for the Blic daily while referring to the fact that they are preparing a new television series titled “Sablja” (“The Saber”) which will focus on the event that shook Serbia on March 12th, 2003 – the assassination of the then Serbian PM, Zoran Djindjic.
Tagic and Stankovic were recently awarded for this project at the Sarajevo Film Festival in the category “The best project in development”.
“Sablja is a story inspired by a real event, the assassination of the Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. This moment of rupture in recent Serbian history has had lasting consequences for our generation and our society. The main characters are fictitious as they investigate the murder and, in the process, their lives are indirectly influenced by it,” says Goran Stankovic.
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Vladimir Tagic adds: “The script is still in development, with Maja Pelevic working on it with us. The episodes will be directed by Goran and me. The first season of the series will have eight episodes. We don’t have a fixed date when we are going to start shooting the series as all depends on the process of script-writing and project financing.”
The question arises as to who could play the character of the late Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic and whether the original documentary material will be used during shooting.
“We have ideas about the actors we would like to work with, but it is still too early for any final decision on casting. We won’t use documentary material because we decided to focus our story on imaginary heroes,” explains Stankovic.
Many people hope that this series will reveal some facts still covered by a veil of secrecy.
Stankovic anticipates that the series will talk about the Zemun Clan, the perpetrators of the Prime Minister’s assassination, and will also deal with the political context of the time.
“The murder of the Prime Minister was a political murder, and it is impossible to treat it otherwise; the perpetrators of this bloodshed are an integral part of the attack,” Stankovic concludes.
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