Alex Graves is set to direct TNT‘s pilot Proof, a supernatural medical drama executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick. Written by Rob Bragin, Proof centers on a skeptical, hard science, female surgeon who’s struggled with family issues including a tragic death. She is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings — all of it looking for verifiable proof, to try to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something … beyond?. Bragin and Sedgwick exec produce with Jill Littman and Tom Jacobson. CAA-repped Graves has extensive supernatural drama background and has directed the pilots for such series as Fringe and 666 Park Ave.
Gary Fleder will direct CW drama pilot Identity, exec produced by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. Written by Corinne Brinkerhoff, it centers on a young woman in need of a transplant who learns she is related to a powerful family whose son is her only hope for a donor organ. The CIA approaches her to investigate the family’s involvement in domestic terrorism and to infiltrate their rarefied world, which tests her loyalty, morality and ethics. Brinkerhoff is exec producing with K.O. Paper Products’ Kurtzman, Orci and Heather Kadin and Scripted World’s Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya for CBS Studios. WME-repped Fleder has a history at the CW where he directed the pilots for Beauty And The … Read More »
The CW brass appear focused on finding an Army drama to add to its lineup. Following last year’s pilot Company Town, the network is staying in the military arena with Boots (working title), a new hourlong project from Breakout Kings co-creator/executive producer Nick Santora and Gary Fleder. Written by Santora and directed by Fleder, Boots is a serialized drama that follows young men and women from all over the country as they are thrown into the gauntlet that is the U.S. Marine Corps Boot Camp on Parris Island, SC. As they inevitably collide with each other, their instructors and local townies, these recruits must overcome their pasts and in doing so build their futures. CBS TV Studios, where Santora is under an overall deal, produces, with Santora and Fleder exec producing. This marks Santora’s second sale, along with a drama at CBS, which has a put pilot commitment with Justin Lin directing and exec producing and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci exec producing. Fleder has a strong track record at the CW where all three pilots he has directed, Life Unexpected, Beauty And The Beast and last season’s Oxygen (now Star-Crossed), have gone to series. Santora is with WME and Gotham, Fleder with WME.
Gary Fleder, who directed the pilot for the CW/CBS TV Studios freshman drama Beauty And The Beast, has been recruited by the CW and CBS Studios to helm another drama pilot this season, Oxygen. Like Beauty And The Beast, the project, written by Meredith Averill, chronicles the romance between a girl and a creature. In this case, it is an alien boy who, along with eight others, are integrated into a suburban high school. CBS TV Studios, Ole Prods, Isla de Babel and 360 Powwow produce. This marks WME-repped Fleder’s third pilot for the CW and CBS TV Studios. The previous two, Beauty And The Beast and Life Unexpected, both went to series.
Jeffrey Reiner (Awake) will direct NBC’s drama pilot The Sixth Gun, a Carlton Cuse-produced adaptation of the Oni Press graphic novel. Written by Ryan Condal, The Sixth Gun, produced by Uni TV, is a supernatural Western which follows the story of six mythical guns, each with its own other-worldly powers. WME-repped Reiner has deep ties with NBC and Uni TV. He was director/exec producer on Friday Night Lights and also directed the pilots for the NBC series Trauma and The Event, which he executive produced. He most recently directed Jason Katims’ NBC/Uni TV pilot County last season. But it is the NBC pilot he directed the season before that will … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In the annals of pilot history, this will probably go down as one of the greatest oddities ever: director-producer Gary Fleder, executive producer of ABC’s Beauty And The Beast pilot, has come on board to direct the other Beauty And The Beast pilot at the CW. This adds an additional layer to the already strange coincidence of having two Beauty And The Beast projects with the same title picked up to pilot by 2 networks in the same season. Despite the identical title and origin — they can both be traced back to the classic fairytale and use loosely its mythology and archetypes — the two Beauty And The Beast projects are very different. The ABC/ABC Studios one, written by Jonathan E. Steinberg, is described as a fantasy realm adventure and a period reimagining of the fairy tale set in a mythical, dangerous world. The CW/CBS TV Studios version, written by Jennifer Levin & Sherri Cooper, is loosely based on the 1980s CBS series starring Linda Hamilton and is a modern-day romantic love story with a crime procedural element. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: After a long search process, 20th Century Fox and Bruce Willis have just chosen John Moore to direct Die Hard 5. The film will shoot in Russia, and the hope is to make it before Willis moves on to shoot a Red sequel for Summit Entertainment. In fact, Willis has just begun going through the same director search with Summit on a sequel to the 2010 hit Red. Robert Schwentke is busy helming Universal’s R.I.P.D. with Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. They’ve just begun casting the dragnet for directors on that film. Names like Breck Eisner are being floated, but other shooters are being considered.
As for Die Hard 5, Moore is in final negotiations and was in the running through the entire search as Fox tried to find a filmmaker that pleased Willis and the studio execs that have to shoot this movie in Russia and bring it in on a budget and a tight schedule. Fox has been looking for a new director since Noam Murro left the picture after he got the job helming 300: Battle Of Artemisia for Warner Bros. The studio started with a wish list of directors to helm the script by Skip Woods that included Joe Cornish (who directed Attack the Block), Fast Five helmer Justin Lin, Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, and Moore. More recently, I’d heard Fox had conversations with helmers that included Gary Fleder, Paul McGuigan and 1408 helmer Mikael Hafstrom. Read More »
Eli Stone co-creator Marc Guggenheim has set up an event-type serialized drama project at ABC with writer Jennifer Robinson and director-producer Gary Fleder. Meanwhile, Sam Raimi has sold a pitch to CBS in the first development season since Stars Road Entertainment, his company with Joshua Donen, focused on primetime TV with a first-look deal at Sony TV. Both projects have gotten script commitments.
The Guggenheim/Robinson project, which the two are co-writing, follows the White House Office of Crisis Management as they tackle one huge global crisis per season. The first season would chronicle a crisis with a ticking clock on board the international space station. Producing alongside Guggenheim and Robinson are Gary Fleder and Mary Beth Basile via their ABC Studios-based Mojo shingle. If the project goes to pilot, Fleder will also direct. Under his overall deal with ABC Studios, which is producing the new project, Guggenheim is currently a consulting producer on the studio’s new drama series for ABC No Ordinary Family. He also co-wrote the upcoming Warner. Bros. feature Green Lantern.
The Raimi-produced CBS project, from writer Andrew Lipsitz (CSI, CSI:NY) is titled Lancaster and centers on a Scotland yard detective who joins the LAPD. The project reunites Stars Road’s top TV executive Robert Zotnowski with CBS where he previously served as SVP drama.