Cinemax is developing SIGNAL, a drama that will look inside the clandestine world of military contracting during the Iraq/Afghanistan war. The project centers on a young man who stars a propaganda business in the Middle East, getting rich from government contracts. The project comes from Ben Younger, the writer/director of “Boiler Room.”
Fox is developing ANSWER ME 1999, a musical dramedy based on the Korean show “Answer Me 1997.” The musical coming-of-age drama follows a group of friends between their time in high school in the late 1990s and their lives as adults.
Netflix is developing an original series, DINOTRUX, based on the Chris Gall book series. The project, from DreamWorks Animation, follows the adventures of two unlikely best friends as they go through a world dominated by Tyrannosaurus Trux, Scraptors and Tow-a-constrictors.
Netflix and Mattel are developing new animated series EVER AFTER HIGH, based on the doll franchise. The series will be preceded by a new movie “Ever After High: Spring Unsprung” and will include the characters Apple White, Raven Queen, Lizzie Hearts, Cedar Wood, Dexter Charming and Cerise Hood.
Pukeko Pictures and Heavy Metal are teaming up to adapt RAT QUEENS into an animated series. The comic book adaptation centers on Hanna the Rockabilly elven mage, Violet the hipster dwarf fighter, Dee the atheist human cleric and Betty the hippy thief who are hired to kill monsters and other nefarious creatures. Martin Baynton and Adam Fratto will serve as executive producers for the project.
Lionsgate Television and Tandem Communications have setup crime drama SEX LIES AND HANDWRITING at ABC. The show, inspired by the book from Michelle Dresbold, follows the exploits of Leslie Bold, an artist and handwriting expert who gets pulled into the world of crime-solving because of her unique skill set.
AMC has renewed BETTER CALL SAUL for a second season – before the first has aired. The premiere of the “Breaking Bad” spin-off series has been pushed back to early next year. Vince Gilligan is set to direct the first episode that follows shady lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk.
Amazon Studios has picked up the comedy pilot REALLY, which centers on four suburban Chicago couples who are desperately trying to hang on to their fading youth. The cast includes Jay Chandrasekhar, Sarah Chalke, and Selma Blair.
As CASTLE showrunner Andrew Marlowe will step down and David Amann will take the reins. Marlowe will focus on developing new projects while Amann takes over the day-to-day running of the show. The series is in its sixth season on ABC. Marlowe is repped by CAA and Management 360, while Amann is with Gersh.
Lifetime has given the green light to a narrative feature, THE UNAUTHORIZED SAVED BY THE BELL STORY. Tiera Skovbye will play Elizabeth Berkeley, Dylan Everett will play Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Alyssa Lynch has been cast as Tiffani Thiessen and Julian Works will play Mario Lopez in the behind the scenes project.
A pilot order (from Amazon Studios and ABC Studios) is imminent for Carlton Cuse and Randall Wallace’s new project POINT OF HONOR. The Civil War drama centers on a fictional Virginian family whose lives are turned upside down by the Civil War.
Showtime has greenlit ROADIES, a pilot from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams. The comedy project is set during a rock band’s U.S. tour and Crowe will direct the pilot while Winnie Holzman will serve as showrunner if any subsequent episodes are ordered.
Alexandra Cunningham has signed a one year development deal with 20th Century Fox after having been with Universal TV for four years. Cunningham has written who projects for NBC, “Murder, She Wrote” and “Gone For Good.” She is repped by WME.
“CSI” showrunner Carol Mendelsohn has signed a three year overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. Under the deal, Mendelsohn will develop projects for broadcast, cable, and digital platforms under her Carol Mendelsohn Productions banner. Mendelsohn previously had a similar deal with CBS Studios, which produces her successful crime drama franchise. She is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer.
Chris Fedak has inked an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV and will join FOREVER as executive Producer. Under the deal, Fedak will develop new projects for the studio. He is repped by WME and Fuse Management.
Conde Nast Entertainment has signed a first look deal with 20th Century Fox TV for scripted series. Conde Nast made its foray into scripted development last season with “The Avenger” at The CW.
David Knoller has signed an overall deal with Starz and will join drama project BLACKBIRDS. Knoller will develop projects for the network and currently serves as executive producer on its new drama series “Power.” He is repped by ICM.
Liz Heldens inks an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV which will focus on development. Heldens is coming off of an eight year stint at Universal TV on shows like “Mercy” and “Deception.” She is repped by WME.