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 probably stir debate among Sixth Gun fans — in 2011 Reiner helmed another comic book adaptation, David E. Kelley’s much talked about Wonder Woman.
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 »
Life Unexpected creator/executive producer Liz Tigelaar has reunited with the series’ executive producers Gary Fleder and Mary Beth Basile for The Joneses, a drama series project at ABC based on the 2009 indie film which was written and … 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 … Read More »