EXCLUSIVE: Mimi Leder has signed on to direct All Quiet on the Western Front, an adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s WWI novel that was previously turned into the 1930 film that won a Best Picture Oscar and another for director Lewis Milestone. The novel is about the intense and terrifying action of 1918 trench warfare that traumatizes a young and idealistic German soldier on the Western front. The script is by Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson. They will produce through their Sliding Down Rainbows Entertainment shingle. They have also come up with part of the funding, Leder told me.
Leder, whose feature credits include Deep Impact and The Peacemaker, just completed directing the season finale of Luck, the HBO series that stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, with Michael Mann and David Milch exec producing. She hadn’t read the novel or seen the original film when she was sent the WWI script by Stokell and Paterson, but was struck by how the themes of disillusion and loss of humanity during ferocious fighting hadn’t lost its relevance despite the period setting. Read More »
Easy A helmer Will Gluck will make his TV directing debut with the Fox half-hour pilot Iceland, a single-camera romantic comedy from Sony TV about a group of friends moving forward after the loss of a loved one. UTA-repped Gluck, who started off as a TV comedy writer-producer, segued into feature directing with Fired Up!, Easy A and the upcoming romantic comedy Friends with Benefits, which he also co-wrote.
Mimi Leder is set to direct the CW pilot Heavenly, from writer-executive producer Richard Hatem and CBS TV Studios. Leder will also executive produce the pilot, about a dedicated young female attorney and a former angel-turned-human who tackle cases together at the attorney’s legal aid clinic. Emmy winner Leder, repped by CAA and Industry, has directed 6 pilots that have gone to series.
The World Is Not Enough helmer Michael Apted will direct Marc Cherry’s ABC drama pilot Hallelujah. It is set in the town of Hallelujah, Tenn., which is being torn apart by the forces of good and evil and whose fortunes change when a stranger comes to town, bringing justice, peace and possibly restoring faith. Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin recently became the first actor cast in the pilot. Apted most recently directed The … Read More »