Amasia Entertainment and American Films are teaming on Reaper, the script written a decade ago by Gary Whitta, the Book Of Eli scribe who was just set to script a Star Wars film. Reaper is the stylish, neo-noir story of Virgil, a private investigator searching for his kidnapped daughter. The hauntingly beautiful and mysterious Delia recruits him to a surreal underworld where the boundaries between life and death become blurred.
Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant are producing for Amasia, Stewart Hall and Devin Cutler for American Films, and Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert also is producing. American Films’ Lynne Murphy is exec producer. Lotus Entertainment is attached to handle foreign sales.
It gives new life to what has been considered one of those scripts where you say, ‘Why hasn’t anyone made this?’ Said Whitta: “I’m so thrilled to see Reaper back on a track toward production with an exciting producing team that truly believes in the project.” Said Murphy: “Sometimes the stars align.”
EXCLUSIVE: In its first off-network deal, FEARnet has licensed cult CW comedic drama Reaper. In addition to picking up the entire two-season, 31-episode run, FEARnet will produce a half-hour special reuniting some of the original cast and crew of the show, on which they will discuss the series’ continuing popularity post-cancellation, its finale and their rabid community of fans in a round-table format. Set to appear in the special are Reaper stars Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine and Ray Wise, among others. Reaper will premiere June 4 on FEARnet and anchor the horror-themed cable channel’s Tuesday night Twisted Comedy Block at 9 PM, leading to FEARnet’s original comedy series Holliston, whose second season will premiere the same night. “Many “Reaper viewers feel the show left too early, so we hope that they will enjoy our plans for the series and our Reaper reunion special,” said Sarah Shannon, VP Programming and Network Operations at FEARnet.
Created by Michelle Fazekas and Tara Butters and produced by ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co, Reaper, whose pilot was diected by Kevin Smith, centers on Sam Oliver (Harrison), a college dropout who on his 21st birthday learns that he must work as a bounty hunter for the Devil (Wise) as part of a deal made many years ago when Sam’s parents offered up their first-born son in exchange for good health for the ailing father. Labine … Read More »
The CW just gave Reaper a mid-season 13-episode renewal.
CBS renewed The Unit at an appropriate time: the drama series’ cast is over in the Persian Gulf for a week to visit with U.S. soldiers. (See photos below). I hear Robert Patrick arranged the tour through the USO. He and other Unit actors Michael Irby, Max Martini, and Dennis Haysbert landed in Kuwait last Thursday to spend quality time with troops. The actors are sharing stories about the show, signing autographs and posing for pictures.
2ND UPDATE: I hear How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls (WBTV/Alloy) is ”probably” picked up at CW, It was considered a slam dunk, like 90210. (Is it true HTTFRG‘s title has been changed to “Surviving The Filthy Rich”?)
UPDATE: I’ve just been told that, as expected, the CW has picked up 90210, the spinoff to Beverly Hills, 90210. I reported earlier that it received the OK to hire writers. I hear the deal is closed with Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah to run the show, and the script is being rewritten. CW renewed The Game for another season. Both are CW/CBS Paramount shows. Meanwhile, the town is still waiting on CW news for Reaper. The network is pairing the Tyra Banks/Ken Mok contest show Stylista with that duo’s America’s Next Top Model. And Variety reports that the CW has pacted with indie producers Media Rights Capital to program the Sunday night lineup this fall, with MRC on board to produce two comedies and two dramas for the block aimed at adults 18-to-49, not CW’s younger demos, and the specific shows will be announced at Tuesday’s upfront presentation.