The makers of the hit TV drama 'Homeland', starring Claire Danes, have ruled out featuring Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in any future storyline, saying the group is "too evil" to be portrayed on television.
The producers of the show, which depicts the CIA's battles against terrorist foes, believe that dramatising the lives of the likes of Jihadi John would be unwise, as it would give the group a "platform". Alex Gansa, the show's executive producer, said the group's actions in beheading aid workers and journalists were also so unfathomable that it would be impossible for his script-writers to create characters with convincing back stories or motivations.
"It's very difficult to do because what they are doing on the ground feels so medieval and so horrible that you give them a platform on television I'm a little wary of," he told a media and television festival at The Paley Centre in Los Angeles. "To try to make what they are talking about understandable or relatable is very difficult.
"Maybe this is too soon, maybe we don't understand them well enough. It may be that they are just too evil to dramatise on television."
'Homeland', which has been a huge television success, originally featured Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a US soldier coming to terms with life back in the US after being kidnapped by al-Qa'ida for eight years. Other plot lines have focused on the work of the CIA in tackling radical militants.