Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former Paramount Film Group president John Lesher has set up two series projects at HBO as a producer, both with feature writers: Keys to the City, which is being penned by Oscar winner William Monahan, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport, written by Rachel Getting Married scribe Jenny Lumet. Both projects, now in development, are book adaptations.

Keys to the City is an adaptation of Joel Kostman’s book of the same name, a collection of 14 stories based on the author’s experience as a professional locksmith in New York City. It centers on a New York locksmith and offers a view of people and sights glimpsed beyond the doors he unlocks. The Departed scribe Monahan and Lesher are executive producing, with Kostman on board as a consultant.

The Three Weissmanns of Westport, based on Cathleen Schine’s novel, is about a woman’s search for meaning after her husband of 48 years walks out on her. She reconnects with her grown daughters who are also dealing with professional and familial irrelevance. Lumet, daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet, serves as executive producer with Lesher and Adam Kassan. Schine and Janet Meyers will serve as co-producers.

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