EXCLUSIVE: The 400-year-old Roanoke Colony mystery is getting a galactic twist with Colony, a drama project at The CW from CBS TV Studios and the studio-based Kennedy/Marshall Co. Written by Ian Goldberg (Once Upon A Time), Colony is a thriller about a group of explorers sent to colonize Mars, willing to leave their lives behind to brave the dangers of another planet, and the terrifying reality they discover. It is inspired by the story of The Lost Colony, the 16th century British settlement on Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina, whose inhabitants vanished without a trace, sparking a slew of theories about their fate. Goldberg will executive produce with Kennedy/Marshall’s Robert Zotnowski and Frank Marshall. The project stems from Kennedy/Marshall’s deal at CBS TV Studios. In the first year of the pact, the company, repped by CAA and Alan Hergott, landed a pilot order at CBS for The Ordained last season. Goldberg is with CAA, New Wave and Loan Dang.
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Koryta, whose recent novels have been stirring up film deals, has just sold another one for a television series. CBS Television Studios has acquired A Welcome Grave and will develop the private eye storyline for a series that will be produced by the Kennedy/Marshall Company.
A Welcome Grave is the third book in Michael Koryta’s award-winning Lincoln Perry series, and follows the private investigator as he finds himself in the crosshairs of two police investigations when an old rival is brutally murdered.
Koryta’s latest novel, The Prophet, was recently acquired by Nick Wechsler, with Magic Mike‘s Reid Carolin adapting the feature. Koryta is in the middle of adapting his own novel, So Cold The River, as a feature for New Regency. Koryta was represented by Angela Cheng Caplan on behalf of Inkwell Management’s David Hale Smith and attorney Lawrence Rose.
Los Angeles, August 9, 2012 – As part of the newly reorganized Kennedy/Marshall Company, founder Frank Marshall announced today that respected development executive Grey Rembert – longtime colleague of Kennedy and Marshall – will come on board as President of Production. Marshall will now be sole head of the company.
The announcement comes at a busy time for the company, which has Tony Gilroy’s THE BOURNE LEGACY being released on August 10th and is currently in post-production on Steven Spielberg’s upcoming LINCOLN. They also have many film, television and gaming projects in development, including the fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise JURASSIC PARK. The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which has a longstanding first-look film deal with DreamWorks, recently announced a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios, and also has plans to expand into documentaries and digital media.