Oz creator Tom Fontana is back at work with a Netflix series adapted from french faith-based drama Ainsi Soient-Ils, which ran for 3 seasons from 2012 to 2015 on channel Arte and won the Séries Mania Best Series Award in Paris twice and the Best Film Award winner at the International Catholic Film Festival.
Churchmen is about five young men from very different backgrounds and with different motivations for leaving the lives they’ve known who enter seminary in New York, discovering an institution where ambition and discord could cast a shadow over their strongest belief. Tom Fontana (Borgia, Copper, Homicide) is producing the project through his Levinson/Fontana Company alongside Netflix and Asylum Entertainment, with James Yoshimura, who worked on Homeland & Treme, William Powell and K.C. Warnke. Fontana may have heard about Ainsi Soient-ils for the first time when he came to the Series Mania festival in Paris in 2013. Shooting should start as soon as February in New York. The number of episodes is unclear at this time.
It’s the second time a french TV show is adapted in the US. A&E did “The Returned” two years ago, based on “Les Revenants” from Canal +. It was cancelled after one season. Churchmen will probably have better luck with Netflix behind.
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.
The Hunger & Shame director Steve McQueen is writing a western miniseries for Netflix named Godless with a interesting twist…
The western genre is hot these days (The Hateful Eight,Jane Got a Gun, Westworld, Netflix’s The Ridiculous Six & Frontier…) and it’s not gonna stop there. After 12 Years a Slave and coming soon HBO miniseries Codes of Conduct, Steve McQueen is working hard on another one, this time for Netflix, a western he is not planning to direct, only write. Scott Frank (A Walk Among the Tombstones, Minority Report) his co-writer, will. Casey Silver is producing. The plan right now is to shoot as soon as next summer for an early 2017 premiere.
Godless is set in 1888 and is about a severely wounded outlaw who ends up in a mining town in New Mexico, where all the able-bodied men have died in the mine. Now it’s run all by women. While some of them are taking care of him, he realizes his old gang members are coming after him…
Already in a relationship with Netflix through comedy Arrested Development, Jason Bateman will be back soon on the digital outlet in a big way and in a dramatic turn: Ozark, the show he develops for quite some time without a channel attached, has been bought by Netflix…
Details about the promising show that chatters consider as amazing and compare to none other than Breaking Bad are mostly being kept underwraps but we already know it’s about a family man who moves from the city to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri to begin repaying the money-laundering debt he owes a ruthless drug lord. Jason Bateman will star, produce and direct, based on a script written by Bill Dubuque (movies The Judge & yet to come The Accountant with Ben Affleck). House of Cards‘ Media Rights Capital is producing with Aggregate. Shooting should start in may between New York & Vancouver.
Previously set up at HBO, the “Mindhunter” drama series produced by David Fincher & Charlize Theron is ordered straight to series by Netflix for a possible late 2016 launch…
Back in 2010, actress Charlize Theron & director David Fincher developed together a show for HBO adapted from the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker that never came to fruition. The serial killer drama recounts Douglas’ experiences as a top FBI investigator of serial killers and rapists and the profiling techniques he developed. He became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic killers of our time like the man who hunted prostitutes for sports in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer or Seattle’s Green River killer, a case that nearly cost Douglas his life. Every shortened season may follow a different case.
The pilot script was written by Scott Buck, who worked on Six Feet Under & Dexter andwho was recently chosen by Netflix to run Marvel’s Iron Fist series. It’s produced through Theron’s Denver and Delilah banner & Jennifer Orme Erwin’s Jen X Productions. Shooting is expected to start in May 2016 in Pittsburgh. They are now looking for the perfect big name who will star as Douglas.
UPDATE : 3 months later, it has been made official by Netflix, with Jason Momoa (Game Of Thrones, The Red Road) starring.
First published 08/13/15
Netflix is ready to add yet another series to its growing 2016 slate. “Frontier” is an action-packed canadian drama written and produced by the “Republic of Doyle” team (Perry Chaffe, Peter & Rob Blackie) and directed by “San Andreas” Brad Peyton.
The action-packed adventure series follows the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North-American fur trade in the late 18th century. Told from multiple perspectives, Frontier takes place in a world where business negociations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights, and where delicate relations between Native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts… Shooting starts mid-October in Canada. No actors have been hired yet. It is produced by Take the Shot Productions.