SALES & PICK-UPS
NBC has given a straight-to-series order to HANNIBAL, written and executive produced by Bryan Fuller and executive produced by Martha DeLaurentiis. The project is described as a contemporary thriller series featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel “Red Dragon.” FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter — who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship.
NBC has also given a pilot order to NOTORIOUS. The series centers on a female detective who returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in — as the maid’s daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend. Liz Heldens wrote it and is executive producing with Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein.
Michael Sucsy has been tapped to direct ABC’s drama pilot SCRUPLES. Executive produced by Tony Krantz and Natalie Portman, the project is based on the 1978 bestselling book by Krantz’s mother, Beverly Hills novelist Judith Krantz, and centers on a rich and powerful clothing designer in a world of sex, revenge and scandal. Bob Brush and Mel Harris wrote the pilot.
Jason Blum, who made his television debut recently with “The River, has signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate TV via his Blumhouse Productions. Under the deal, Blumhouse will develop and produce series projects for both broadcast and cable.