Turner Classic Movies has pacted with the estate of Johnny Carson to produce Carson On TCM, a showcase of Hollywood interviews from Carson’s three decades as host of The Tonight Show — many of which have not been seen since their original airdates. The deal licenses 50 interviews from the Carson Entertainment Group archives, and the network plans a summer 2013 launch. The list includes more than 20 Oscar winners including Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, William Holden, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Stewart and Elizabeth Taylor. The series will be curated by Peter Jones (Johnny Carson: King of Late Night). Here’s a peek:
EXCLUSIVE: Heeeeeeere’s a feature film project that has potential. John McLaughlin and producer Tom Thayer have teamed up with the estate of Johnny Carson on a feature film about the life of the venerable Tonight Show host. The film will be scripted by McLaughlin, who wrote the Darren Aronofsky-directed Natalie Portman-starrer Black Swan and most recently adapted the Sacha Gervasi-directed Hitchcock from Steve Rebello’s book. Thayer produced that movie, which stars Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, and he will produce the Carson project. They’ll shop McLaughlin’s script to buyers right after the holidays.