Days after greenlighting its first comedy pilot for 2014 – Cameron Crowe’s Roadies, executive produced by J.J. Abrams – Showtime has ordered a second half-hour from well-known filmmakers: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, from feature writer Aline Brosh McKenna, with The Amazing Spider-Man helmer Marc Webb set to direct.
The comedy features musical elements, a first for Showtime. “This pilot is an exciting change of pace for us,” said Showtime President David Nevins. Co-created, written and executive produced by Brosh McKenna and writer/actress/comedian Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stars Bloom as Rebecca, a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, CA.
Brosh McKenna and Bloom sold the project to Showtime last fall. The pay cable network landed it in a competitive situation with what what I heard at the time was a commitment equivalent to a put pilot. Webb is joining the project at the pilot stage as director/exec producer. CBS TV Studios is producing. This marks the second pilot at Showtime for its sibling studio, following the 2011 Andrew Garland Project. Filming is slated to begin in California in the fall. “I am so happy to be working with Rachel Bloom, who is not just a powerhouse musical comedy talent but also a fabulous writer and creator,” said Brosh McKenna. “I feel very lucky to have found her videos online.” Read More »
In a competitive situation, Showtime has landed Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a half-hour comedy with musical elements from top feature writer Aline Brosh McKenna and CBS TV Studios. The project, written by McKenna and Rachel Bloom, centers on a girl who upends her life to stalk an ex. I hear the commitment from Showtime is equivalent to a put pilot. This marks a return to TV for McKenna, who started on the ABC comedy All-American Girl before segueing to features. She made her mark writing The Devil Wears Prada and most recently co-penned the upcoming Annie and Cinderella. She also is working on a graphic novel for Archaia Entertainment, which she will then adapt as a film, and just signed on to write Disney’s Cruella, a live-action feature based on the 101 Dalmatians character. She is with CAA and Ken Richman. Bloom is a comedian, actress, writer and singer whose Web videos include the 2012 You Can Touch My Boobies. Her writing credits include Robot Chicken and Allen Gregory, and she has performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Bloom is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer Aline Brosh McKenna is writing a graphic novel for Archaia Entertainment, and she has set the screen rights at Fox 2000. The untitled book is an epic love story set in a world of contemporary intrigue, and it’s illustrated by Ramon Perez (Eisner Award-winning Tale Of Sand). McKenna will produce the adaptation with Simon Kinberg and Archaia will be exec producer.
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McKenna is currently adapting the Royden Lepp graphic novel Rust for Fox, which also has Kinberg and Archaia as her allies. Her work on the Annie script at Sony landed Will Gluck to direct and McKenna also originated the Cinderella script that Ken Branagh will direct in the fall for a March 2015 release. The scribe’s other major credits are the David Frankel-directed The Devil Wears Prada that starred Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, and the Roger Michell-directed Morning Glory and 27 Dresses, as well as the Doug McGrath-directed I Don’t Know How She Does It and We Bought A Zoo with Cameron Crowe. She’s repped by CAA.
EXCLUSIVE: Disney is trying to fit the glass slipper on Mark Romanek. The studio is circling Romanek, the accomplished video director and helmer of the features Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo, to steer a new version of Cinderella, based on the pitch that The Devil Wears Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna sold to Disney last year in a seven-figure deal.
The studio bought that project after its billion-dollar grossing 3D Alice in Wonderland opened the floodgates on movies based on public domain fairy tales. Simon Kinberg is producing, and insiders describe Brosh McKenna’s script as the re-imaging of the classic tale where the prince is set for a politically arranged marriage, until the evil plan is threatened when the prince meets Cinderella. No deal yet, but it’s moving toward one and the picture is a priority for the studio.
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has acquired the Royden Lepp graphic novel Rust: Visitor in the Field, and has set Aline Brosh McKenna to write the script. The graphic novel takes place on a family’s farm in the American heartland, where Jet Jones crashes into the barn, pursued by a giant decommissioned war robot. The heartland has been devastated by a world war and the family tries to decide if the kid with the jet pack is the key to their survival. The graphic novel will be published in September by Archaia Entertainment.
The film will be produced by Fox-based Simon Kinberg with Archaia’s Stephen Christy and PJ Bickett exec producers. It’s a change of pace for McKenna, whose script credits include The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, and the recently wrapped Doug McGrath-directed I Don’t Know How She Does It and the Cameron Crowe-directed We Bought A Zoo. The latter project is also for Fox.