Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, 2015:
Hulu Lands ‘Myst’ Drama From Legendary TV & Matt Tolmach Based On Video Game
In a competitive situation, Hulu has landed Myst, a drama series based on the classic 1990s video game, with a script-to-series commitment. The project hails from Legendary Television,producer Matt Tolmach and writer Evan Daugherty. It will explore the origins of the island of Myst from the game where a man wakes up on a mystery island with absolutely no idea who he is, where is, or how he got there.
Alcon TV Group & Atlas Entertainment Land PI Novel ‘IQ’ For TV Series
In a seven-way bidding war, Alcon Television Group and Atlas Entertainment have teamed to acquire the rights to Joe Ide’s upcoming debut novelIQ to develop as a drama series. Informed by Ide’s early life, the novel tells the story of Isaiah "IQ" Quintabe, a young black man who has been on his own in the tough area of East Long Beach, CA, since he was teenager. Genius smart, self-taught in many disciplines and gifted in the art of problem-solving, he finds his calling as a local private investigator, taking on cases that the police can’t or won’t touch.
(upfronts) Syfy Developing ‘Brave New World’ Miniseries; Chiller Sets First Original Drama
Syfy is taking on a 20th century classic for its next big miniseries endeavor. The cabler is developing an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV. The adaptation is being penned by Les Bohem.
Separately, Chiller on Tuesday announced its first original drama series, “Slasher.” The Canadian production is designed to be a rebootable anthology series in the vein of “American Horror Story.” The first installment, targeted to air late this year, revolves around a woman who returns home to find herself wrapped up in a series of grisly murders that mirror the death of her parents. Aaron Martin wrote the eight-episode series that will be directed by Craig David Wallace.
Shonda Rhimes, Dee Rees Team for FX Drama Based on ‘The Warmth of Other Suns’
Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland banner is teaming with Pariah writer/director Dee Rees to adapt Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns as a limited series for FX. The historical study, published in 2010, chronicles the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, the exodus of almost 6 million people changed the face of America. The drama, which is in development, is a co-production between FX Productions and ABC Studios’ cable-focused arm ABC Signature.
‘Drunk Wedding’ Filmmaker Nick Weiss Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios
ABC Studios has signed a two-year overall deal with up-and-coming writer-director Nick Weiss to develop for network and cable as well as direct existing ABC series and future pilots.
Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment Renews Deal With Universal Cable Prods.
Universal Cable Productions has extended its exclusive deal with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment.
DNA Ramps Up TV Division With Projects From Nick Hornby, Alex Garland And Hilary Mantel Adaptation
Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich’s DNA has a slew of high-profile TV projects in the pipeline, including:
– An adaptation of Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel’s A Place Of Greater Safety about the French Revolution that is being written by Richard Warlow and is a co-production with the BBC.
– Nick Hornby is writing an original returning series about the music industry in the late 1970s.
– Bryan Elsley is writing an original limited series contemporary thriller.
– Stephen Beresford is writing an original idea about the battle of succession in a fictional royal family.
(review) THR: ‘Grace and Frankie’
The Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin vehicle feels a lot more like a network show than something trying to stand out in the modern streaming world. That doesn’t necessarily mean that either Netflix or Amazon are distancing themselves from “regular television,” but there’s a familiarity to Grace and Frankie that seems rather dated. Beyond that, what will hurt Grace and Frankie will be comparisons to Amazon’s Transparent, a series with a lot more gravitas and humor.
Josh Charles Joins ‘Masters of Sex’
“The Good Wife” alum Josh Charles has checked into “Masters of Sex” where he will play a self-made businessman attempting to bottle the smell of sex.
Jon M. Chu, ‘Once Upon a Time’ Writer Planning ‘Escape’ for Paramount
Tze Chun, who has written episodes of ‘Once Upon a Time,’ wrote the script. Escape centers on a group of tech-savvy criminals who are recruited on mission. Chu will produce with Hieu Ho from Chu Studios.
Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. Board Graphic Novel ‘Infinite Horizon’
Warner Bros. has acquired the spec script “The Infinite Horizon” written by Ryan Condal, which is based on the graphic novel series by Gerry Duggan and inspired by “The Odyssey” with Greg Berlanti attached to produce. The storyline follows a soldier with no name who, after surviving years of war, ends up stranded halfway across the globe when the conflict ended. Getting home means going through the hell: escaping shipwrecks, beating a vicious opponent wearing a cycloptic combat armor and resisting the siren’s call of a predatory society.
E! Greenlights Joel McHale Comedy & Jillian Michaels Reality Series
E! has picked up two new series — an unscripted comedy show from Joel McHale, and a docuseries from “The Biggest Loser” alum Jillian Michaels.
‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ Renewed by IFC for Fifth Season
IFC announced today that the comedy network has renewed its popular series Comedy Bang! Bang! Hosted by comedian and podcaster Scott Aukerman, the series will continue on IFC for a fresh batch of 20, half-hour episodes in 2016.
Conan O’Brien to Broadcast from San Diego Comic-Con
Conan O’Brien is going to Comic-Con, the latenight host announced on his eponymous show on Monday. “Conan” will broadcast in San Diego from Wednesday, July 8 to Saturday, July 11.
DR, Arte back Borgen creator’s drama
European channels DR and Arte have partnered with Borgen creator Adam Price on a character-driven drama that centres on faith, Rides Upon the Storm(WT). The co-commission is for two seasons of 10 parts each, with shooting beginning this time next year and the show premiering in 2017. “Just as politics was the starting point for a very personal story for the main characters in Borgen, the concept of faith will serve as the backdrop of the drama in Rides Upon the Storm,” said Price. “It’ll be a dramatic, character-based story about two brothers and what happens when war and a number of personal conflicts hit a so-called ‘ordinary’ family.”
Disney Beats Expectations With 10% Quarterly Profit Increase
Strong results in theme parks, as well as consumer products and broadcasting, made up for profit declines in movies and cable. Broadcasting delivered a 90 percent increase in operating income, to $302 million. The sale of “Daredevil” to Netflix was a big contributor, along with higher advertising sales and carriage fees at ABC.
(gaming) ‘Star Wars’ Confirmed to Join ‘Disney Infinity’ Video Game
Playsets based on the original and prequel trilogies will be followed by a ‘Force Awakens’ playset this winter.
Debbie Allen To Serve As Executive Producer/Director On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Debbie Allen is further expanding her role on Shonda Rhimes’ medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. Allen is set to serve as executive producer/director on the veteran ABC medical drama’s upcoming 12th season pending an official pickup by the network, which is considered a formality.