Whitney co-star Zoe Lister Jones has landed the last lead in Dana Klein’s CBS comedy Friends With Better Lives, which is directed by James Burrows. The multi-camera project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, revolves around six 30-something friends who each think the other has it better. Jones will play one of them, the competitive and narcissistic Kate, who is super successful at work but a mess in her dating life. Jones, repped by WME and Karl Austen, is the latest Whitney cast member to book a pilot in second position
With drama sale season in full force, book and format adaptations have emerged as a red-hot commodity. ABC is working on a U.S. version of hit British series Spooks with writer Michael Seitzman, NBC is developing an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Dark Tower with Imagine and writer Akiva Goldsman, Fox handed a series commitment to an Alex Kurtzman/Roberto Orci/DreamWorks TV-produced adaptation of King’s son Joe Hill’s graphic novel Locke & Key, CBS has picked up Treadstone, a spy drama based on Robert Ludlum’s novels from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker and feature writer John Glenn, and Warner Bros. is looking to turn DC comic The Sandman into series.
Three new projects are about to join them. Sony TV is developing a single-camera half-hour comedy based on the 2009 indie Breaking Upwards with the film’s co-writers/stars Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones and producer Aaron Kaplan. It centers on a young couple exploring alternatives to monogamy as they decide to spend 4 days a week together and the other 3 as single people. Kaplan is executive producing through his Kapital Entertainment. Wein, who also directed the movie, and Lister-Jones are expected to co-exec produce. The duo, repped by Gersh, recently sold comedy pitch Motherf***er to Fox Searchlight.
Fox Searchlight has acquired Motherf***er, a comedy pitch that has Daryl Wein attached to direct and Michael London and Jocelyn Hayes-Simpson producing through London’s Groundswell banner. Wein will write the script with Zoe Lister-Jones, his writing partner on the indie Breaking Upwards. The comedy is about a guy who falls in love with a girl. When she brings him home to meet her parents, he falls for his girlfriend’s mom. Wein directed and self-financed Breaking Upwards, and he and Lister-Jones starred as a New York couple that strategized their own breakup. The duo’s script Lola Versus is separately in talks to land at Searchlight, possibly with Anne Hathaway attached.