PICK-UPS AND SALES
From zombies to aliens. The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and her Valhalla Entertainment have optioned Annie Jacobsen’s book “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” for a potential TV series. The pilot will be penned by Karl Gajdusek, which centers on two men working on the base who are thrust into danger when they uncover secrets that the government will protect at any cost. The idea will be taken to studios shortly, with Beatrice Springborn serving as showrunner.
CW is joining the treasure hunt trend this development season with GOLDDIGGER. The project, from Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions, centers on a young female treasure hunter who tracks down artifacts for a variety of mysterious and interesting clients. Lauren Horowitz is writing, with Haber and Stephanie Germain executive producing.
FX has teamed with Amy Poehler to bring cult Web series BROAD CITY to television. Poehler will executive produce the TV series adaptation of the Web comedy created by and starring “Upright Citizens Brigade” alumnae Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Jacobson and Glazer are set to write and star in the half-hour project, which has received a script commitment from the network. It centers on the Manhattan (and Brooklyn) misadventures of 20-something female best friends, played by Jacobson and Glazer.
SYFY is looking to bring BOOSTER GOLD to life on the small screen. The project, which hails from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, will see Greg Berlanti executive producer, with Andrew Kreisberg set to pen the script, which center on Booster Gold, a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back to the present in hopes of becoming the greatest super hero of all time. Instead of chasing criminals, however, his main priority is chasing fame and money.
Writer-producer Brett C. Leonard has been tapped to write a new script for TAXI-22, the adaptation of the hit French Canadian series, which is being produced by James Gandolfini and HBO. The story centers on a politically incorrect cab driver in NYC struggling to keep his life together. Gandolfini, Leonard, Dennis Erdman, Clark Peterson, Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong are executive producing.