by: Donna Whitehead
Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s one-hour drama, THE ONE PERCENT, has been picked up for a ten-episode series by Starz. The series, written by Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Nicolás Giacobone, and Armando Bo, follows an organic farmer struggling to keep his business afloat, who discovers a bizarre and life-changing secret that could save or ruin him. (Details beyond that are scarce, but judging by the title, I’m guessing he comes into some money.) Ed Helms is set to star as the farmer, while Ed Harris and Hilary Swank are in negotiations to play his father and wife, respectively. Iñárritu will direct the first two episodes of the series.
Iñárritu, Dinelaris Jr., Giacobone, and Bo recently collaborated to write “Birdman,” which Iñárritu directed. The film stars Michael Keaton, in a bit of clever casting, playing an actor who once starred as an iconic superhero, and is now washed up. Iñárritu also directed 2006’s Oscar-nominated “Babel,” which, in addition to Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, starred then-unknowns Rinko Kikuchi and Elle Fanning.