David Schulner’s CLONE has been picked up by Universal TV. The project is based around the comic of the same name in which there are multiple versions of each person. Schulner will write the project as well as exec produce with Robert Kirkman, David Alpert and David Engel. Schulner is repped by UTA.
Chuck Roven and Richard Suckle have brought 12 MONKEYS to Syfy, where the network will turn the film into a TV series. Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett will write the project, which like the film, will center on a man sent back in time to stop a killer virus, but is sent too far back and finds himself in a mental ward.
The series LAWLESS is in development at ABC. KJ Steinberg and Shonda Rhimes came up with the project, which centers on a lawyer who returns to her hometown to rectify her past wrongs. Steinberg (WME) will write.
Timur Bekmambetov has brought WARRIORS OF OZ to Syfy as a mini-series. The project, which is based on the classic film, centers on a present day soldier who is transported into the future where the land of Oz is in ruins. He must join forces with the warriors Heartless, Brainless, and Coward and defeat the Wizard of Oz. There currently isn’t a writer attached but Bekmambetov will exec produce.
ABC will be turning the book “Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed” into a series. The book, written by Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille, centers on Aldrich Ames, a CIA operative who gave information to the Soviets during the height of the cold war that led to the deaths of ten Russian operatives spying for the United States. Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman will exec produce.
Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn’s THE DIVIDE has been picked up for ten episodes by WE TV. The script, written by LaGravenese, centers on a case worker (to be played by Marin Ireland) who believes a death row inmate has been wrongfully convicted and tracks down the evidence to prove his innocence. LaGravenese and Goldwyn will exec produce with John Tinker and Andrew Sugerman. LaGravenese is repped by CAA.
Jason Katims and Sarah Watson have sold an untitled hour long comedy to ABC. The project centers on a woman’s struggle to excel at work while dealing with the harsh attitudes of people in the real world. Katims and Watson, who are repped by CAA and UTA respectively, wrote the pilot.
John Sullivan has sold his BOOGEYMAN pitch to Nickelodeon. The project centers on a scared child who paris up with the Boogeyman to investigate supernatural activity. The network will use the project as a Halloween event and possibly turn it into a franchise. Sullivan is repped by WME.
HBO is on the cusp of developing a project from David Milch titled THE MONEY. Justin Chadwick would direct the pilot for the series, which centers on a powerful New York family. Milch is repped by ICM.
PBS’ MR. SELFRIDGE has been renewed for a second season. The Jeremy Piven-led project has averaged 4 million viewers per episode.
MARON has been picked up for a thirteen episode second season by IFC.
LAB RATS has been renewed for a third season by Disney. The renewal comes on the tail of the network canceling “Shake It Up”.
ABC’s dance drama BUNHEADS has been cancelled. The series received criticism almost instantly for its lack of diversity amongst the cast and the series is now over after one season.
Disney is canceling SHAKE IT UP. The series has been amongst the stronger for the network.
CBS Studios has inked a one-year overall deal with Niels Arden Oplev, under which he will direct a pilot for the studio. Oplev is best known for directing the original “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. He is repped by Resolution.
Anne Heche has signed a first-look deal with Universal TV. Heche, who last starred in the film “Arthur Newman” and the unsuccessful series “Save Me”, will next appear in the horror film “Nothing Left to Fear”. She is repped by UTA.