Entertainment One Developing Bible-Mafia Drama Mashup ‘King David’
eOne is developing a new drama series, “King David,” which will bring a dark new spin to the biblical figure. Billed as an “epic mafia show in biblical clothing,” the series will pull the character out of scripture and bring to life the “full, contradictory character of the greatest warrior-king and patriarch of the Bible – a man who must make monstrous choices that betray his personal ideals and turn his family against him.” The company is teaming with Atmosphere Entertainment to develop and produce the project. Patrick Moss and Jeremy Anderson are writing the project.
EOne, Sundance Channel Partner To Adapt ‘Reaching For Heaven’; Israeli Religion-Themed Drama Relocated To Vegas
Last month, I reported that Entertainment One Television had picked up the format rights to Israeli drama Reaching For Heaven from Tal Shaked and Einat Shamier’s local outfit A-Cappella. EOne has now partnered with Sundance Channel to co-develop the series based on the format that was originally created by Norma Productions’ Assaf Amir. The U.S. version of the show about what happens to a marriage and family when one parent suddenly becomes religious, will be written by Mike Seid, who will transfer the story to Las Vegas.
‘Switched at Birth’ Creator Developing Family Thriller for ABC Family
ABC Family is doubling down on Switched at Birth creator Lizzy Weiss. The youth-skewing cable network is reteaming with Weiss for Into Thin Air. Into Thin Air is described as a high-concept family drama with thriller elements. Weiss created the project and will executive produce alongside Switched at Birth EP Paul Stupin.
NBC Greenlights Comedy Presentation Starring Comedian Jerrod Carmichael
NBC has ordered a presentation for a comedy created by and starring Jerrod Carmichael, a Los Angeles-based standup and performer. Scott Ellis has come on board to direct the project based on Carmichael’s life and comedy. It centers on a consummate optimist (Carmichael) who is eager to take on the world, but is too busy taking on everyone and everything in his small corner of it. Mike Pennie and Ravi Nandan executive produce.
NBC Greenlights ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries With Agnieszka Holland Directing
NBC greenlighted the four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. Agnieszka Holland has come on board to direct the mini, written by Scott Abbott and James Wong. Lionsgate Television is producing, with Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin and David Stern serving as executive producers. Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young married couple who move into a Paris apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their neighbors will have ulterior motives when her child is born.
‘Boondock Saints’ Troy Duffy Resurfaces With Series And Film Deals
Troy Duffy has teamed with producers Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen and set up Kingdom Come with Sony Television. The proposed series focuses on Capt. Jean Lafitte, the early 19th century pirate who built the largest smuggling operation on U.S. soil and controlled New Orleans and all the goods that traveled the Mississippi River. He went from outlaw to patriot when he and his crew defended New Orleans against the British in the War of 1812, for which he and his pirate cohorts received full pardons for past misdeeds, but were whitewashed from history by Andrew Jackson.
‘Revenge’ Creator Inks Overall Deal With HBO
Mike Kelley and his producing partner Melissa Loy will create and develop new projects for the premium cable network under their newly launched production company.
AMC Inks Overall Deal With ‘Low Winter Sun’s Chris Mundy
Chris Mundy has signed an overall deal with AMC to develop new series projects. Before his role as showrunner forLow Winter Sun, he served as a co-executive producer on Season 2 of Hell On Wheels.
Patrick Heusinger To Star In NBC Pilot ‘Tin Man’
Patrick Heusinger has been cast as the male lead in Tin Man, NBC’s drama pilot from top feature writer Ehren Kruger. Set in the near future, Tin Man is a psychological crime thriller that focuses on fugitive robot Adam (Heusinger) accused of first-degree murder, who may hold the key to the future of human evolution.
Emily Rios & Matthew Lillard Promoted To Regulars On FX’s ‘The Bridge’
After appearing in almost all episodes of The Bridge‘s first season, recurring cast members Emily Rios and Matthew Lillard are being promoted to regulars for Season 2.
VH1 In ‘Happy Endings’ Off-Network Deal
Happy Endings lives on in post-cancellation, at least all of its 57 produced episodes. VH1 has acquired the three seasons of the cult comedy from producer Sony Pictures Television. This marks a rare off-network deal for VH1, which doesn’t have other acquired series on its air at the moment. Happy Endings will make its cable premiere on VH1 with a marathon of every episode beginning December 31 at 8 PM running through New Year’s Day before settling into its new home on Wednesday nights from 7-9 PM, beginning January 8.
‘Twilight’ Franchise Writer Melissa Rosenberg Tapped To Toughen Female Spy Pic for Summit
Melissa Rosenberg has sealed a deal to redraft an untitled female actioner from a comedy to a fast-paced female-ensemble spy pic at Summit Entertainment for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian with Benderspink executive producing. The story, now untitled, is now taking a turn away from what was going to be a comedy and gearing more the pic towards a female-centric actioner in the line with Salt. It will focus on a group of female spies.
Omar Epps To Lead Neo-Noir Thriller ‘One Small Mistake’
Omar Epps will star in One Small Mistake, a neo-noir thriller about a man searching for truth and justice in a bigoted small town. British Emmy-nominated Alexander Harvey is directing a script adapted by Guy Bennett from French author Jean Francois Coatmeur’s La Bavure. Stefan Raiser and Felix Zackor of Munich-based Dreamtool Entertainment are producing the pic.
‘Tron’ Sequel Writer Jesse Wigutow On ‘Fire’; Set To Script Graphic Novel For Universal
Jesse Wigutow has just closed a deal with Universal Pictures to script the graphic novel Fire, a pet project of Zac Efron, who is attached to star. Fire, based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and published by Icon Comics, is about a college student (Efron) who is recruited by the CIA only to find out he is being trained for a program that churns out expendable spies.
‘Arrested Development’ Creator to Direct Comedy ‘Guinea Pigging’ for Fox 2000
Fox 2000 has picked up Guinea Pigging, a comedy project to which Mitch Hurwitz is attached to direct. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are attached to pen the script. Chernin Entertainment are producing along with Principato Young Entertainment as well as Conde Nast Entertainment. Pigging is based on a 2008 New Yorker article by Carl Elliott that looked at the community of semiprofessionals who spend their lives as test subjects for drug companies, hospitals and universities. Lennon and Garant’s pitch is described as a “sophisticated comedy about a human drug-test subject who volunteers for testing at a pharmaceutical company and experiences unusual side effects.”
Comedy Central’s ‘Tosh.0′ Gets Three-Year Renewal
Comedy Central is locking in its flagship series for three more years, giving Daniel Tosh’s Tosh.0 a three-season renewal. The first new season under the deal, the upcoming Season 6, will consist of 30 episodes and will premiere on February 18.
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Crackle Renews ‘Chosen’ For Third Season
Sony-owned Crackle has greenlit original series Chosen for a third season. The announcement comes two days before the series’ Season 2 debut on Thursday which continues the story of Ian Mitchell (Milo Ventimiglia) and his family.
Inbetweeners prodco creates Sibling rivalry for BBC Three
The Zodiak Media-owned producer behind E4 comedy The Inbetweeners has been commissioned to create a laugher for BBC Three. Siblings will star Charlotte Ritchie and Tom Stourton as “the world’s worst brother and sister” who “cause chaos and disaster wherever they go”. Zodiak’s UK prodco Bwark Productions is behind the show, which will launch on BBC Three in Spring 2014. It comes from another Fresh Meat alum, Keith Akushie, and has Phil Gilbert producing and Simon Wilson executive producing.
Disney CFO Likes Online Pay TV, As Long As It Keeps Program Bundles: UBS Confab
Jay Rasulo isn’t as sure as Viacom CEO Philipe Dauman is that we’ll see an online pay TV service in 2014. But one “is coming” he said today at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference — and Disney would be “happy to license our content.” Here’s the catch though: It would have to license content from others, too, and “look like existing [cable and satellite] offers” that require viewers to pay for channels they don’t watch. “We believe that the [pay TV] system is still the most valuable way the product can be offered to the consumer,” Rasulo says.
Disney Also Pitched Marvel Series to Amazon, Hulu and Pay-TV Providers
Before Disney clinched a pact with Netflix to develop series built around four Marvel characters, the Mouse House approached other distributors including Amazon.com, Hulu and pay-TV operators, CFO Jay Rasulo said at an investor conference. Rasulo said, “We were ready to look outside our own networks into another form of distribution… We feel very strongly that it’s going to be good for us and good for Netflix.”
Brad Pitt and Brad Grey Break Up: Plan B to Exit Paramount
The long relationship between Brad Pitt and Paramount CEO Brad Grey is about to end, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Pitt’s Plan B production company, which is riding high on recent hits including 12 Years a Slave and World War Z, will exit its home of eight years when its deal with Paramount expires at the end of 2013. Sources say Plan B, which Pitt runs with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, appears to be heading to a deal with Arnon Milchon’s New Regency, producer of 12 Years.
The TV Comedy World Comes Together For a Beefsteak Dinner
The third annual event, benefiting the L.A. Food Bank, was co-hosted by longtime Simpsons scribe Matt Selman; ABC development executive Cort Cass; performer Eric Wareheim of the Comedy Central-affiliated troupe Tim and Eric; and Neal Fraser, an acclaimed local restaurateur along with wife and business partner Amy Knoll Fraser, was responsible for the food. A charitable endeavor expected to raise approximately $25,000 this year, perhaps the true founding impulse behind the evening was, for once, to pursue pointless fun. “If you think about it, aside from the Emmys each year, there isn’t really an opportunity to get together and blow off steam,” said Cass.
(stage) ‘Heathers: The Musical’ will open Off Broadway in March
Heathers: The Musical, the stage adaptation of the 1989 cult-classic dark comedy about teen suicide and scrunchies, will make its New York premiere at Off Broadway’s New World Stages. The limited engagement will begin previews March 17, 2014, in anticipation of opening night March 31. The musical features book, music, and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde) and Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness). Andy Fickman will direct, with choreography by Emmy winner Marguerite Derricks.