EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Sarnoff will shift to features to re-write the film version of Garlic And Sapphires, which Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is attached to direct. Cary Brokaw (The Resident) will produce for Fox 2000. Based on Ruth Reichl’s New York Times best-selling book, Sapphires recounts the “adventures in deception” as the NY Times’ restaurant critic goes undercover to the world’s finest culinary establishments. To go unrecognized, she assumes the persona of a nouveau riche widow. Sarnoff will re-write the script from an earlier version. She most recently co-created the JJ Abrams series Alcatraz and was an executive producer on Lost for five seasons. She also worked on shows including Deadwood and NYPD Blue. She is repped by WME.
EXCLUSIVE: There is a change at the helm of Fox’s midseason drama Alcatraz, from Warner Bros TV and J.J. Abrams’ studio-based Bad Robot. Co-creator/executive producer/showrunner Elizabeth Sarnoff is leaving the time-travel series, which will now be co-run by Jennifer Johnson and Daniel Pyne. Chase creator/executive producer and Lost alumna Johnson joined Alcatraz after the pilot as a consulting producer. Two months ago, she was quietly elevated to executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Sarnoff. Sarnoff, who wrote the version of the project that was picked up to pilot and then to series by Fox from an earlier incarnation by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, is now stepping down over creative differences, with feature writer Pyne (Fracture) coming in as an executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Johnson. His TV series credits include Miami Vice. Sarnoff is expected to receive an executive consultant title on the show going forward. The behind-the-scenes showrunner turnover was a factor in WBTV and Bad Robot’s decision two weeks ago to put filming of new episodes of Alcatraz on hold and do reshoots on some of the seven completed episodes instead. After completing some reshoots, the show is not filming at the moment, with the writers working on scripts and producers and directors prepping for additional reshoots as well as filming new episodes. Alcatraz, which features inmates from the infamous prison popping up in present day San Francisco, is slated to premiere in midseason in the …
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is ending the 2010-11 selling season the way it started it, with a spec from female writer(s) with long ties to Abrams and his shows. In early September, it was Alcatraz, from Lost veteran Elizabeth Sarnoff. Now it is Pulp, from Fringe co-executive producers Monica Breen and Alison Schapker who also worked on Abrams’ dramas Lost and Alias. News of the project, a “heightened reality” crime drama, was broken by my colleague Michael Ausiello on TVLine.com, our new sister TV-centered Web site with consumer bent, which was launched today. Pulp, which Bad Robot is co-producing with Warner Bros. TV, is expected to be taken out to the networks shortly.
It has been a very busy development season for Bad Robot, which has 3 projects already set up at the broadcast networks with big commitments. Alcatraz at Fox has been picked up to pilot and cast, a special ops show at NBC, written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Alias), has Lost alums Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson attached to star, and a crime thriller at CBS hails from feature writer Jonah Nolan.