Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 4/17/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Time once aain to call your agent. The History Channel is looking for writers for two projects. The first is a mini-series about escape artist Harry Houdini, starring Adrien Brody. The second is a mini about that daring group of radicals – Sam Adams, John Hancock, John Adams, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry and good ole Benny Arnold – who sparked the American Revolution. (Gee, we wondered how that happened.)
  • Glen Mazzara (THE WALKING DEAD) is writing a prequel to THE SHINING for Warner Brothers. No word on whether it’s for a feature film or TV. (Congrats, Glen. No Robert Kirkman to get in your face on this project, eh? Although we hear that Steven King can always be counted on to have a contribution or three.)
  • B.J. Novak (THE OFFICE) is now officially a writer, having made a 7-figure deal for a memoir type book…which certainly is more than most career writers will ever get. (Which means that the book is guaranteed to become a television project with the first 3 months of its publication. Yeah, that’s a prediction. You can quote us.)
  • Dreamworks Animation is planning a feature film and TV series based on the once-huge Trolls toy franchise. (Which means it’s time for you to write something incredibly stupid and get your agent to show it as a sample so you have a shot at one of the gigs.)
  • Suzette Couture (JESUS) has sold BABYSELLERS as a sequel to the Lifetime movie HUMAN TRAFFICKING, proving that nobody ever went broke appealing to the absolutely worst instincts in any audience. (Don’t be jealous. Lifetime pay is crap.)