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Producer Mark Gordon Sells 2 More Projects To ABC: Crime Drama From Writer Chap Taylor & Candace Bushnell Book Adaptation

By | Thursday September 8, 2011 @ 3:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Mark Gordon Co. has set up two more projects at ABC: Chap Taylor’s drama Untouchable and an hourlong project based on Candace Bushnell’s book One Fifth Avenue. Both hail from ABC Studios.

Described as a stylish, sexy modernization of Miami Vice for the 21st century, Untouchable centers on a hard-charging female FBI agent with a blue-collar background who is teamed with a reckless, independently wealthy LAPD detective to take on organized crime. Changing Lanes writer Taylor is set to pen the script and executive produce with Gordon and The X Files and Castle helmer Rob Bowman, who is attached to direct. Taylor, repped by WME and Management 360, just delivered the pilot script for his FX drama project about an illegal immigrant-turned-private eye, which drew a lot of attention when first unveiled by Deadline last year; Rodrigo Garcia is attached to direct the potential pilot. Taylor also is in active development on the bestseller Gideon’s Sword for Michael Bay at Paramount. And he is developing a feature adaptation of his comic book series Haunted City with McG and his producing partner Peter Johnson. McG is attached to direct the project, which is expected to be taken out at the beginning of next year.

Bushnell’s One Fifth Avenue chronicles the clashes among the inhabitants of One Fifth Avenue, a Greenwich Village art deco jewel crammed with regal rich, tarty upstarts and misguided lovers. Josh Safran (Gossip Girl) is writing the adaptation and will exec produce with Bushnell and Gordon. Read More »

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McG Launches Comic Imprint, Plots ‘Haunted City’ As First Project

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 6:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision has launched a new comic and graphic novel imprint to create transmedia properties out of original ideas. The first title will be Haunted City, based on an idea by screenwriter Chap Taylor. Taylor and Wonderland’s Peter Johnson will write the comic, will be published by Wonderland in association with Aspen Comics. It will simultaneously be developed into a feature script that McG hopes to direct, as well as a TV pilot that Wonderland will executive produce. A vidgame is also in the works. Taylor scripted Changing Lanes and is adapting Gideon’s War for Michael Bay and Paramount.

The comic is a dark, supernatural story set in major cities around the world, with New York the venue for the first comic.

“As a filmmaker, I want to work with talent like Chap to build new models that allow us to create more freely,” McG said. “By creating our own original properties, we can guide their development across several media simultaneously and kick off a whole new chapter of our company as a full-spectrum content provider. It also allows me to home-grow the movies I want to direct in the future.”

Wonderland has so far published comic book versions of its TV shows Supernatural, Chuck and Human Target, all through DC Comics. Haunted City will be the first to surface as a comic first, but Wonderland has already experimented with multiple platforms on Supernatural. Aside from the comic and … Read More »

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FX Developing Illegal Immigrant P.I. Drama

By | Thursday November 4, 2010 @ 1:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: The prospect of FX doing what would be the first series centered on an illegal immigrant character sure brought up a lot of emotions today. Here is the project’s writer Chap Taylor responding to the criticism in some of the comments posted after the story was picked up by the Drudge Report:

I’m not here to insult anyone or make assumptions about their intelligence, patriotism or morality based on the networks they watch or the web sites they view. I would just like to respectfully make the following points:

1.) I am a middle-aged white guy, a practicing Roman Catholic, and a former Army paratrooper (peacetime). I am about as American as American gets. I would appreciate it if you would not pre-judge my character and intentions before you actually see the show.

2.) The pilot script hasn’t even been written yet. For people from any background to decide the value of a show before it even exists on paper, let alone has been shot, edited and broadcast is a little unfair.

3.) As several people on this comments thread have pointed out, some of the most beloved films and television programs of the last fifty years have featured characters who are gangsters, thieves and/or murderers. Aside from CITIZEN KANE, THE GODFATHER is pretty regularly named the greatest American movie ever made. The protagonist of that movie orders dozens of murders, presides over a nationwide criminal network, and ultimately murders both his brother and his brother-in-law.

4 ) The pedophile/rapist comparisons are a little out of line. I mean, seriously, watch the show before you say our lead is the moral equivalent of a guy who rapes kids.

5.) We absolutely do not intend to whitewash anyone. It will not be a show about beastly white folks or saintly immigrants. Like any good drama, we hope to make a show about people in extreme circumstances who have to make decisions – some good, some bad, and some really ugly.

6.) If we’re lucky enough to get on the air, I would respectfully request you watch the first episode before you decide one way or the other. If you then decide that you want to express your disapproval by boycotting the show, that is your right. I know, because I spent three years of my life defending it.

EXCLUSIVE 1:30 PM: It is a premise that would no doubt spark controversy. FX has put in development  the first major series project centered on an illegal alien character, a drama from Changing Lanes writer Chap Taylor about an illegal Mexican immigrant working as a private investigator. TV and film director Rodrigo Garcia, born in Colombia, has come on board to direct and executive produce the project, described as “Traffic meets Chinatown.” Also executive producing are Taylor, Dawn Parouse & Marti Noxon of Grady Twins and Garcia’s frequent collaborator, producer Julie Lynn.

Once a staple on TV, the private eye genre has almost disappeared in the past decade or so. The networks have taken numerous stabs at launching a new PI series, including such high-profile recent efforts as ABC’s Marlowe remake, NBC’s Rockford Files reboot and HBO’s noir comedy Bored to Death, which was just renewed for a third season. But Taylor says that most PI shows “have really focused on the style – fedora, trench coat, etc. – and not on the essence of what a PI is: a powerless individual sticking up for other people without power in a corrupt society.” He points to Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe who lived in the fringe of Los Angeles at a time when the city was riddled with corruption. Taylor decided to look for a contemporary counterpart to Marlowe, asking himself: “Who today is on the outer fringes of Los Angeles but sees everything?” The answer – an illegal immigrant from Mexico. Read More »

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