Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/31/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Peter Morgan (THE QUEEN) is writing the Netflix pilot THE CROWN, about “the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to prime ministers. (Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman doesn’t know how to react to this one. I mean, I’m a Netflix subscriber and also the smartest man alive and, truth to tell, you wouldn’t catch me watching even 5 minutes of this cuz…boring…y’know?)
  • Drew Goddard (CLOVERFIELD) has gone screaming from Marvel’s upcoming DAREDEVIL series and will be replaced as showrunner by Steven S. DeKnight (SPARTACUS). (Can’tcha see it? “I am Daredevil. No, I’m Daredevil. No, me, I’m Daredevil!” Oh well, I personally think it’s a good thing whenever a feature film guy exits TV and is replaced by, you know, a TV guy. Stevie knows what we’uns want – nudity, violence…that’s the ticket.)
  • David Kajganich (TRUE STORY) is writing OPEN CITY, an HBO movie about “the unlikely alliance between the Mafia and the city’s gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub. (Oh, the mass audience is gonna love this one. Well, the mass audience as in Manhattan anyway.)
  • Here’s a cool switch: Andrea Berloff (WORLD TRADE CENTER) is adapting Alex Kershaw‘s upcoming book, Avenue of Spies into a TV movie for WGN America. (Nazis! Spies! War! Just the kind of change of pace we need in these peaceful times. Oh, wait–)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/07/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Phil Lord & Chris Miller (21 JUMP STREET) have signed an overall  production and development deal at 20th Century Fox TV. (And we’ll all be happy to hear that the pact has been described by Fox P.R. as “lucrative.” Oh, wait, that probably means it isn’t. Uh-oh…)
  • Rod Lurie is writing a mini-series based on the life of none other than T.E. Lawrence, i.e., “Lawrence of Arabia,” for producer-director Roland Emmerich. (No network has been announced yet, though, so, lovers of the classic David Lean film version, you can relax a little…for now.)
  • David Kajganich (a newbie from the University of Iowa) is writing THE TERROR, based on the novel by Dan Simmons, for AMC. (Just what we need, another Dan Simmons project to take our minds off anything real.)
  • Stephen Levinson (ENTOURAGE) is writing a half-hour dramedy about retired athletes living in Miami for HBO. (Wait! Maybe it won’t be as bad as it sounds – Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg are producing, with Dwayne, AKA the Rock, set to star.)
  • Blake McCormick (a writer-producer on COUGAR TOWN) is the new showrunner of that very same series. (Proving that every once in awhile good sense prevails and writers get promoted from within.)
  • Speaking of being promoted, over on REVENGE, writer Suni Nayar is now the new showrunner, replacing Mike Kelley. (Just between us, the show sucks and will always suck, so it’s likely that nobody will ever notice the change.)