NBC has given a pilot order to drama I Am Victor, from former House executive producer Katie Jacobs and bestselling Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo. Written by Mark Goffman (Studio 60, The West Wing), the project, based on Nesbo’s book, has some of House‘s DNA as it is described as “House as a divorce attorney”. It centers on Victor Port, a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Nesbo, Jacobs, Television 360′s Daniel Rappaport and Meghan Lyvers as well as Niclas Salomonsson executive produce for Universal TV, the studio behind long-running Fox medical drama House.
Nesbo is one of Europe’s top-selling crime fiction authors, along with such A-listers as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Stieg Larsson. Nesbo is best known for his series of novels involving detective Harry Hole that include The Snowman, a Working Title project that has Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan attached. The rights to his latest thriller novel, The Son, sparked a bidding war, landing at Warner Bros in November. Goffman is with UTA and Ziffren; Nesbo and Salomonsson with RWSG.
‘House’ To End Run On Fox After 8 Seasons
Here is an open letter written by House creator/executive producer David Shore, executive producer Katie Jacobs and star/executive producer Hugh Laurie discussing the decision to end the medical drama after the end of this season, the show’s eighth.
After much deliberation, the producers of House M.D. have decided that this season of the show, the 8th, should be the last. By April this year they will have completed 177 episodes, which is about 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004.
The decision to end the show now, or ever, is a painful one, as it risks putting asunder hundreds of close friendships that have developed over the last eight years – but also because the show itself has been a source of great pride to everyone involved.
Since it began, House has aspired to offer a coherent and satisfying world in which everlasting human questions of ethics and emotion, logic and truth, could be examined, played out, and occasionally answered. This sounds like fancy talk, but it really isn’t. House has, in its time, intrigued audiences around the world in vast numbers, and has shown that there is a strong appetite for television drama that relies on more than prettiness or gun play.
But now that time is drawing to a close. The
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EXCLUSIVE: House executive producer Katie Jacobs is teaming with Groundswell Productions to adapt Kevin Michael Connolly’s memoir Double Take into a feature film. Jacobs plans to direct the movie, which is now out to writers. Michael London’s Groundswell is financing development. Connolly is a photographer, X-Games ski champion and skateboarder who was born without legs. While traveling in Europe in his early 20s, he began taking photos of people who were staring at him — turning the watchers into the watched. The photos became a traveling exhibit that also has appeared at the Smithsonian. Jacobs, repped by CAA and Management 360, has been with Fox’s House since it began in also is developing Sheila Weller’s novel Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — And the Journey of a Generation at Sony with Lorenzo DiBonaventura producing. John Sayles is adapting the book for Jacobs to direct.
EXCLUSIVE: Following her memorable turn on Fox’s medical drama House this season, Amber Tamblyn is staying in business with Fox and House executive producer Katie Jacobs. Tamblyn has teamed with Jacobs and The Wire co-creator Ed Burns for a drama project that would star Tamblyn as a young teacher in the world of public education in America. The project, which has received a script commitment from the network, is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV.
Jacobs came up with the idea for the drama and pitched it to Tamblyn while the two were working together on House. Tamblyn loved it, and the two then brought in Burns, who was a public teacher in Baltimore (as well as a police detective) before he segued to writing. The three developed the project together, with Burns attached to write and Jacobs to direct. The show was set up at Fox and 20th TV through Jacobs’ joint overall deal with the network and studio. Jacobs and Burns are executive producing, with Tamblyn co-executive producing. Also expected to be part of the show is Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony-winning writer-star of the Broadway musical In the Heights. Miranda, also a former teacher, is friends with Jacobs and appeared in the two-hour sixth-season premiere of House, which she directed. On the feature side, Tamblyn, repped by WME and Hyler Management, has acquired the rights to Janet Fitch’s book Paint It Black and is writing a big-screen adaptation. … Read More »