Month: November 2016

SCOOP: NBC Studios eyeing series order for thriller “Gone” from “Dexter” & “Hannibal” producer

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UPDATE: Gone will be a co-production between RTL (Germany) & TF1 (France) with The Colleton Company & NBCUniversal. They’re finalizing a deal for the starring role. Chris Noth will play Frank Booth, the FBI Agent. According to Deadline, it should be launched in winter 2017-2018.

Sarah Colleton’s thriller drama based on the One Kick book series by Chelsea Cain is soon to be ordered to series at NBC Studios after a 3-year development…

Former Dexter & Hannibal executive producer worked on the project alongside JoAnn Alfano (30 Rock), with a pilot script written by Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). It tells the story of Kick Lannigan, who made national news as a child after being abducted, and later rescued, in an Elizabeth Smart-type kidnapping. Determined to never fall victim again, Kick has trained herself in martial arts and firearms. She finds her calling when a mysterious billionaire offers her the resources and high-tech tools she needs to hunt down predators and rescue other abductees in all kinds of missing persons and abduction cases. NBC Universal International is producing. The show could be shot in different countries, starting april 2017.

SCOOP: “Libby & Malcolm” comedy starring Felicity Huffman nearing pilot order at ABC

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2ND UPDATE: The pilot order is now official !

UPDATE: And now, ABC has cast Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story) as the male lead.

After ordering 8-episode miniseries Marvel’s Inhumans for fall 2017, ABC is working hard on their pilot pick-ups and the first one to get the nod in the comedy department is expected to be “Libby & Malcolm” from “Blackish” creator…

Starring Desperate Housewives & American Crime Emmy-winning actress Felicity Huffman, the political family comedy project received a big commitment from the alphabet network last september, said to be “one of the biggest half-hour sales this season” per Deadline. It’s already one hell of a contender for a series pick-up! Written and executive produced by Kenya Barris (Blackish) & Vijal Patel (The Middle, Blackish) for ABC Studios, Principato-Young Entertainment &  Khalabo Ink Society, Libby & Malcolm revolves around two opposing pundits who also happen to be married. One’s black, one’s white; one’s left, one’s right. Bitter rivals at work on their pundit show Black & Wright, they have to turn conflict into compromise at home when it comes to raising their kids.

Of course, Felicity Huffman will play the mother. The father has yet to be cast. The shooting of the pilot may potentially start as soon as mid-january 2017 in Los Angeles. Expect an official announcement in the next few weeks. What does it mean for the other project Felicity Huffman was supposed to star in, dark comedic fashion soap House of Moore? She is no longer attached to it but it remains in development.

Kenya Barris could get a second pilot order this pilot season since his other project for ABC, spy dramedy Unit Zero starring Toni Collette, is exactly what the network is looking for: a character-based procedural…

SCOOP: Ryan Murphy working on a “X-Files-esque” Bermuda Triangle drama for NBC

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 05: Ryan Murphy arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere "American Horror Story: Freak Show" at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on October 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

 

UPDATE: Turns out it’s not THE Ryan Murphy, but another one who just wrote an episode of Stan Against Evil, and that’s pretty much all. Less exciting suddenly. Sorry for the mix-up.

In a surprising and unusual move, Ryan Murphy is developing a show outside of his 20th Century FOX rich overall deal about the Bermuda Triangle mystery for NBCUniversal…

Some may remember the 2005 three-part miniseries The Triangle starring Sam Neil & Eric Stoltz, a coproduction between SyFy & the BBC, or the excellent The X-Files episode (season 6, episode 3). NBC is now taking their stab at the cult mystery with overarchiever Ryan Murphy, already behind American Horror Story, American Crime Story (two editions are coming in 2017) & upcoming Feud (while Scream Queens should be cancelled). He’s developing his own version with Guy Busick (Desire), which he will produce alongside Brooke Kennedy (The Good Wife, Fringe, Braindead) & Andrew Stearn (Gypsy, Shameless US, Animal Kingdom, SouthLAnd). The project is partly based in the UK with Working Title Television, Ryan Murphy Productions & NBCUniversal International Studios working side by side.

Triangle is centered around ex-lovers Wes Fallon and Marti Estevez, who are under the authority of the US government, investigating the bizarre phenomena associated with the Bermuda Triangle while searching for clues to the fate of Wes’s brother and Marti’s new husband, Tom Fallon, who mysteriously disappeared there… There’s definitely a X-Files vibe in there!

SCOOP: Belgian conspirationist thriller “Salamander” getting US treatment at ABC

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Developed for quite some time, the US adaptation of belgian hit series Salamander has found a home at ABC. The network is considering the project for next season.

Jeff Pinkner & André Nemec (Zoo, Alias, Ninja Turtles, Fastlane) are writing and producing the pilot script for ABC Studios, in association with Keshet Media Group & their shingle Midnight Radio. The gripping and edge-of-the-seat thriller -a 12 part miniseries in Belgium- starts in a private bank where 66 safe-deposit boxes are robbed. The owners want to keep the thefts under wraps to avoid scandal, but an incorruptible, old-school police inspector throws himself into the investigation. When some of the key players are murdered, commit suicide or simply vanish, he just realizes how big this case is. He discovers that the victims are members of a secret organization called Salamander, made up of the country’s industrial, financial, judicial and political elite, and the safe deposite boxes contained their most intimate secrets – secrets that could bring down the nation…

It joins a slew of thriller projects at ABC; among them: Criminal from the Blindspot team, Head Games produced by Viola Davis and Doomsday from CSI veteran Carol Mendelsohn.

SCOOP: Netflix orders Errol Morris hybrid miniseries “Wormwood” starring Peter Sarsgaard

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Cult documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (Gates Of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, The Fog Of War, Out Of Control) is working on a miniseries for Netflix starring Peter Sarsgaard which is blending long-form documentary interview with a dramatic reconstruction of pivotal scenes.

Wormwood is based on a true story and explores the mysterious death of Cold War-era military scientist Frank Olson (played by Sarsgaard) and his son’s tireless efforts to uncover the truth. In 1953, Frank Olson was recruited to be part of a secret biological warfare program cryptically referred to as Project MKUltra.

Errol Morris is directing, Molly Rokosz & Steven Hathaway who worked on Morris’ last documentary The B Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photgraphy are writing, Caroline Baron & Robert Fernandez are producing for A-Line Pictures & Moxie Pictures in association with Netflix. Shooting is starting on November 28 in New York for a whole month. Casting is underway.

This is Netflix last effort in the documentary world after hit series Making a Murderer and Amanda Knox hitting the platform last month.

SCOOP: Darren Criss, Damon Wayans Jr. & How I Met Your Mother’s creators back at FOX with comedy projects

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FOX is developing two starring vehicles for Glee‘s Darren Criss & New Girl‘s Damon Wayans Jr., while How I Met Your Mother‘s creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas are behind a third. Get the details!

The Jackal Group owned by Gail Berman is working on a musical comedy project called Royalties starring Darren Criss, which centers on a trio of songwriters at a Burbank recording complex enduring the minutiae of issues in the music business while collaborating to crack the next saccharine hit song of the summer… Allyn Rachel & Patrick Carlyle (Couple Time webseries) are the writers. 20th Century FOX Television is the studio. UPDATE: Per The Hollywood Reporter, should it move forward, Darren Criss won’t star in hit, just produce.

New Girl‘s Jake Johnson & Damon Wayans Jr. are behind The Henchman, a comedy project they wrote about a man (Wayans) who fights to find the right balance between his family and pursuing his dream of being a successful henchman. It’s produced by 20th Century FOX Television with Johnson’s shingle The Walcott Company.

Open Arms, the last effort from How I Met Your Mother & The Goodwing Games‘ creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas as producers, is written by Peter Warren and tells the story of Howie and Joy, a couple who can’t have a baby that buys the Vermont inn they visit every year but soon realize they’re in over their heads… It’s produced by Sony Pictures Television where they are under an overall deal.

We’ll see in a couple of months if one of those is picked-up to pilot.