ABC has handed a script commitment with significant penalty to The Good Thief’s Guide, a drama series project from Bones creator/executive producer Hart Hanson and Andrew Miller. Based on the bestselling book series by British author Chris Ewan, it follows the charming and unpredictable Charlie Howard as he travels the world, blogging about his adventures… while stealing for fun and profit. Each season is set in a new exotic city and centers around one perfect heist that usually turns into a tangled web of lies and double crosses. 20th Century Fox TV, where Hanson is under an overall deal, is producing, with Hanson and Miller executive producing. Last development season, Hanson wrote another book adaptation, drama Backstrom, which is still in contention at CBS. Hanson is with WME and Jeanne Newman; Miller with WME, Matt Johnson and Jamie Affifi.
Writer-producer Andrew Miller, who developed and executive produced the CW’s drama series The Secret Circle last season, has sold two hourlong projects: SAGA at ABC, co-produced by Amblin TV, and an untitled Rodeo project at Fox, which has Ruben Fleischer executive producing and potentially directing. Miller is writing/executive producing both shows.
In the high-concept SAGA, which could be a potential companion to ABC’s fairytale drama Once Upon A Time, when the author of a best-selling book series (think J.K. Rowling) goes missing before she can complete the final installment in her epic fantasy saga, a family of fans discovers she’s been kidnapped into the very real world of her books and attempts to rescue her. The project originated with Full Fathom Five, whose James Frey and Todd Cohen will executive produce alongside Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank as well as Miller. ABC Studios is producing.
EXCLUSIVE: Fox has bought The Beach, a drama based on the 1996 novel by Alex Garland and the 2000 movie directed by Danny Boyle and starring Leonardo Di Caprio. The project is being written by Andrew Miller, who penned the original script for the CW’s The Secret Circle and co-ran the series with Kevin Williamson. “It’s about a group of young people feeling disconnected and disenchanted from society who try to start over in paradise but discover that while creating the perfect world is hard, protecting it is even harder”, Miller said.
Fox’s sister studio 20th Century Fox TV, also sibling of movie studio Twentieth Century Fox that produced the movie, is producing the TV series project. In an extra connection, Peter Rice, until recently Fox Entertainment chairman who continues to oversee the broadcast network in his new bigger News Corp. TV role, was the 20th film executive overseeing the 2000 movie. WME-repped Miller’s involvement stems from a script deal he had at 20th TV. When approached with the idea, he jumped on board being fan of both the book and the movie, in which a Western backpacker teams with locals in search for a mysterious island.