Development season continues to trek on this week as CBC has put legal drama SOUTHERN/EASTERN into development. The project hails from Silver Pictures Television’s Joel Silver and writer John Romano, Lionsgate TV is the studio, where Silver Pictures has a first-look deal.
The project is based on the nonfiction book by Johnny Dwyer and focuses on the young and ambitious Assistant U.S. Attorneys of the Southern Federal Court District as they duke it out with their rival Eastern District for the most high-profile federal criminal cases in New York City.
Romano and Silver executive produce alongside Silver Pictures president Rodney Ferrell.
Romano also penned American Pastoral, the book-to-feature adaptation helmed and starring Ewan McGregor. His previous TV work includes Cinemax’s Banshee, AMC’s Hell on Wheels, and USA’s In Plain Sight.
Silver also has Twist, the modern adaptation of Oliver Twist, set up at NBC and family drama New People at Freeform. They most recently produced Shane Black’s 1970s comedy-noir The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
Emily J | Staff Writer