EXCLUSIVE: Management 360 has signed Geena Davis, who’s one of those actors you could see getting a second career wind. Davis, who at last blush was vying to shoot arrows for her country as an Olympics archer, won her Oscar for The Accidental Tourist, and her other credits include Thelma And Louise, A League Of Their Own, Beetlejuice, The Fly and Stuart Little. Things went awry with Cutthroat Island and Long Kiss Goodnight, though the latter was a pretty darn good B-movie from a $4 million Shane Black script. She was most recently seen in the Lake Bell-directed In A World, and the Australian indie Accidents Happen. She remains with CAA.
Looks as though TNT will not go forward with its Geena Davis bounty hunter drama series. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the network has decided not to take the next step after seeing the pilot, which was shot in April. Something to do with its tone. This project, from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, Ternion Productions and 3 Arts, was one of the cable net’s more high-profile projects. Written by Scott Prendergast and Amy Berg, it was inspired by the real-life story of bounty hunter Mackenzie Green. Davis was cast in the role of the unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter, whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business. Back in March, when Deadline last checked in on the project, Men Of A Certain Age star Scott Bakula had been cast, marking his return to TNT playing Mackenzie’s former husband, a cop. The tony cast also included Gloria Reuben, Marsha Mason, and Enrico Colantoni. Reuben was to have played an Assistant DA. Colantoni was cast as Mackenzie’s former accountant, and Mason was to play Mack’s tough-as-nails mother.
“It is a decades-long trend,” actress Geena Davis, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, said at a luncheon panel on the subject. “We want to believe that things are getting better. But the evidence shows that it’s not.” The conventional wisdom is that “women will watch men but men won’t watch women…It’s not true.” Director Paul Feig said that he faced “enormous” pressure to have his film Bridesmaids succeed. Casting women in lead roles “was always shut down so quickly. ‘We can’t have a woman as a lead.’ It was almost a rule…I was terrified.” Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson says the problem is exacerbated by popular culture. She cited a reader survey by the blog SFGate that deemed Anne Hathaway as the year’s “Most Annoying Celebrity” to illustrate that misogyny is “a sport in the media.” She adds that women have been shortchanged by “franchise fever” which has “squeezed out the variety of movies that are made” and by efforts to reach boys with PG movies. The trends are bad for business says Regal Cinemas CEO …
EXCLUSIVE: Only days after TNT opted to end his drama series Leverage after five seasons, Dean Devlin is back at the cable network with a high-profile new hourlong project. TNT has greenlighted a pilot for an untitled quirky bounty hunter drama starring Geena Davis. The show is inspired by the real-life story of bounty hunter Mackenzie Green (watch a short film about her below). It will star the Oscar winner as an unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business. Devlin is set to direct the pilot, produced by his independent company Electric Entertainment, Ternion Productions and 3 Arts. Scott Prendergast and Leverage writer-producer Amy Berg wrote the script; Berg and Devlin and will serve as showrunners. The trio will executive produce with Ternion’s John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and 3 Arts’ Tom Lassally and Michael Rotenberg. Davis serves as co-executive producer. In addition to Leverage, Devlin also executive produced TNT’s successful Librarian original movie trilogy. This marks TNT’s second drama pilot order in as many days, following the pickup of Steven Bochco’s Murder In The First yesterday. Berg and Prendergast are with UTA.