The story’s coming to an end for Broadway‘s Big Fish, the stage version of Tim Burton’s 2003 film that opened just three months ago. The show’s final performance is slated for Sunday, December 29, 2013 at NYC’s Neil Simon Theatre. Middling ticket sales had dropped to below 50% of potential gross by last week. The production opened stocked with legit award-winners onstage and behind the curtain, under the direction of five-time Tony-winner Susan Stroman. Big Fish was adapted for the stage by John August from his own BAFTA-nominated screenplay based on the novel by Daniel Wallace. Grammy- and Tony-nominated Andrew Lippa provided music and lyrics for the story of a man determined to uncover the truth behind his salesman father’s fabulous tall tales. Tony-winning thesp Norbert Leo Butz stars in the production, which first opened in Chicago in April. Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen produced the show. “Middle isn’t the end. Even the end isn’t really the end. We’re so unbelievably lucky to do this,” Tweeted August on Sunday.
The CW and CBS TV Studios, which are exploring the French court circa 17th century with freshman drama Reign, are staying in the country with another period drama project, The Painted Girls. Based on the book by Cathy Marie Buchanan, The Painted Girls is set in 1880s Paris against the backdrop of the turbulent and exciting world of “La Belle Epoque” – decadence, poverty, sex, drugs and a serial killer running rampant throughout the city. It revolves around three sisters studying at a top ballet academy, one of whom becomes the muse for Edgar Degas and his famed paintings of ballerinas. Tony-nominated playwright Geoffrey Nauffts (Next Fall) will write the adaptation and co-executive produce. Dan Jinks (Pushing Daisies), who exec produced the CW’s medical drama Emily Owens, MD, is executive producing the project, which was brought to his company by SVP Nick Nantell. Nauffts’ TV credits include Brothers & Sisters and Political Animals. He is with CAA and Stephen Clark. Jinks, who is producing Big Fish on Broadway, is with WME and Alan Hergott.
Film and TV producer Dan Jinks has signed a new two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Under the previous pact, Jinks’ first solo TV deal, he developed and executive produced the studio’s CW drama series Emily Owens, MD. “I couldn’t be happier working with (CBS TV Studios president) David Stapf and his sensational team,” Jinks said. Before setting up his Dan Jinks Co. at CBS TV Studios in 2011, Jinks was partnered with Bruce Cohen for 12 years, the last six of them under a deal at Warner Bros TV where the duo executive produced ABC’s Pushing Daisies and Traveler and Lifetime’s Side Order Of Life. Jinks and Cohen won an Oscar for their first movie, American Beauty, and also produced Big Fish, which they are currently producing for Broadway.
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox is closing a deal for Theory Of Everything, a pitch for a sci-fi action thriller that follows a disgraced scientist as he seeks to rescue his wife from a parallel dimension — a woman who was previously assumed dead. The film will be produced by Oscar-winning American Beauty producer Dan Jinks. The idea was hatched by Dan Casey and Nick Nantell, the latter a senior veep of The Dan Jinks Co. Casey will write the script and Nantell will be co-producer, while Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri of Top Cow Comics are executive producers. Fox’s Mike Ireland is steering the project.
The way they fleshed out the project was intriguing: Casey wrote a comic book that was published as a one-off by Top Cow. That provided a strong template for the concept, which is grounded in string theory and quantum physics. Fox took it off the table preemptively. WME and Circle of Confusion rep the writer.
CBS Television Studios has renewed its deal with producer Dan Jinks and his Dan Jinks Co. for a second year. The extension comes on the heels of a successful first year for Jinks as a solo TV producer at CBS Studios. He executive produced Jennie Snyder Urman’s CW medical drama pilot Emily Owens, MD starring Mamie Gummer, which was picked up to series for fall. “I couldn’t be happier working with David Stapf and his incredible team at CBS Television Studios,” Jinks said.
Jinks segued to the deal with CBS Studios last summer after being partnered with Bruce Cohen for 13 years, the last six based at Warner Bros. TV. Emily Owens, MD marks Jinks’ fourth consecutive pilot to go to series, following three he produced with Cohen, ABC’s Pushing Daisies and Traveler and Lifetime’s Side Order of Life.
EXCLUSIVE: Mandate Pictures has optioned The Young, The Hot, And The Bothered, a script by Leah Rachel that is described as a coming-of-age comedy about the delusion, desperation, and absolute euphoria of first loves. Dan Jinks will produce and Mandate president Nathan Kahane will be executive producer. Anonymous Content’s Adam Kossack and Adam Shulman will co-produce. Jinks called the 25-year-old Rachel “the freshest and funniest writer I’ve come across in some time. Her script has the potential to become a touchstone movie for a generation.” Mandate’s Nicole Brown is supervising.
Rachel has been setting up projects left and right. Starf*cker, in the works at HBO with Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg exec producing, is about a group of female friends establishing careers and finding romance in Los Angeles. She’s also scripting BAMFS, a pilot for ABC that has Jamie Tarses and Julia Franz exec producing. Rachel’s adaptation of the book Here Lies Bridget at Galgos Entertainment just landed Kat Coiro as director. Rachel’s repped by WME and Anonymous Content.
EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Dexter star Michael C. Hall is negotiating to play the lead in Big Fish on Broadway next year. Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks, who produced the Tim Burton-directed film, are producing the musical stage adaptation. Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys) is directing and Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) wrote the music. John August wrote the book for the musical, based on his movie script from the novel by Daniel Wallace. It is expected to be quite the stage event. The part was originally written for Hugh Jackman, but his movie schedule got in the way and the producers turned to Hall. Before he became TV’s best-known serial killer by merit of the Showtime series, Hall performed in numerous musicals that include Cabaret and Chicago, so he’s certainly got the chops to play Edward Bloom, the man who filled his son’s head with so many unbelievable adventures that occurred during the course of his life. Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney played that role in the movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Film and TV producer Dan Jinks has signed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios. This marks the first TV pact for the Dan Jinks Co, which Jinks launched in February 2010 when he and longtime producing partner Bruce Cohen moved to dissolve their 12-year partnership at the Jinks/Cohen Co. While splitting up on the feature side, Jinks and Cohen remained partnered in TV until the beginning of this year when their most recent deal with Warner Bros TV expired. At WBTV, Jinks and Cohen spent six years executive producing such series as ABC’s Pushing Daisies and Traveler and Lifetime’s Side Order of Life. “I’ve been quite fortunate in both film and TV to work with wonderful writers with strong voices,” Jinks said. “I look forward to continuing in that tradition with CBS.” Jinks and Cohen launched their producing partnership with 1999′s Sam Mendes-directed American Beauty and shared Best Picture Oscars on their very first film. Jinks’ feature producing credits with Cohen also include Milk and Big Fish. Former Jinks/Cohen executive Nick Nantell, who stayed with Jinks after the split, will serve as SVP Development at The Dan Jinks Co., with Tim Rogier as Creative Executive.