Exclusive: Once Upon a Time, Dexter Directors to Helm Episodes of Cinemax's Banshee

Dream teams don’t get much dreamier than this: Banshee — Cinemax’s upcoming drama series from True Blood boss Alan Ball and House vet Greg Yaitanes — has just landed one of Once Upon a Time‘s go-to directors for an episode.

Dean White — who has helmed six OUATs, including May 13’s first season finale — joins an impressive roster that Yaitanes has recruited for his new show’s freshman season. Among the other directors: SJ Clarkson (Dexter) and Danish filmmaker Ole Madsen.

The Emmy-winning Yaitanes, who will helm the pilot and serves as an exec producer alongside Ball, places each installment “somewhere between a broadcast network [series] and an independent film. Each script is unique, and the director’s take on the material should be unique to that script and their POV.

“This is a place,” he adds, “where directors can come and create and have their voices heard.”

Banshee, by authors Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, centers on Lucas (played by New Zealand’s Antony Starr), an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Penn., in order to carry on his criminal activities even as shadowy gangsters hunt him. “It’s high-end pulp set against the backdrop of a love story,” explains Yaitanes, who spent eight years at House.

Although Lucas and Dr. Crankypants share an affinity for “playing by their own rules,” Yaitanes says the shows couldn’t be more different. “There was never going to be any replacement for House for me. It was such a unique part of my career and history that it had to be something completely different and inspiring.”

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