Following on the heels of his successful Hatfields & McCoys miniseries, Kevin Costner continues to expand his reach into television. Costner and his Treehouse Films have entered a first-look deal with Sea To Sky Entertainment, the TV production and distribution joint venture between Lionsgate and Frank Giustra’s Thunderbird Films, the two companies announced today. Under the pact, Costner, along with Treehouse creative exec Jasa McCall, will develop and produce scripted programming, which Costner may also direct and/or act in, depending on the project. “Hatfields & McCoys was an extraordinary achievement, and when we learned that Kevin wanted to expand his activities in television, we were immediately interested in meeting with him,” said Kevin Beggs, president of Lionsgate Television Group. “We’re excited about the ideas he wants to pursue and delighted to be in business together.”
Sea To Sky, which launched last year, also has a first-look deal in place with reality producer and documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler (The World According To Dick Cheney). The company also has optioned rights to the book An Uncommon Youth, about the Getty kidnapping in Italy in the 1970s, with veteran HBO producer Anne Thomopoulos on board to shepherd the project as a limited series for international co-production. Additionally, Sea To Sky also is developing a one-hour drama from Mystic River author Dennis Lehane.
Costner received Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG awards for his starring role as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield in Hatfields & McCoys, which he also produced. He currently stars in Man Of Steel, and will next be seen in Jack Ryan, a revival of the Tom Clancy franchise set to come out this Christmas. He is also set to appear in Three Days To Kill and just finished shooting Summit Entertainment’s Draft Day. He is currently filming Black And White. Costner is repped by WME and managed by J.J. Harris at One Management.