Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 8/14/14

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

  • Jim and Steve Armogida (CRASH & BERNSTEIN) are developing a TV version of SCHOOL OF ROCK for Nickelodeon. (And Yer Friendly Neighborhood Muncher can’t wait to see how that works without Jack Black in the lead. Mebbe we’ll get the once and for all answer to the question: “Is it the writing or the star that makes a big hit?” I think I know which way this’ll go. What about you, fellow, ahem, writers?)
  • Max Landis (CHRONICLE) is adapting the sainted Douglas AdamsDirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency novels for TV (network to be, you know, named). (This is a U.S. first, but in point of fact there already has been a BBC series version, which to mine adoring eyes was terrific. Kind of like BORED TO DEATH except with a totally amoral and devious conman hero. That version was heavily criticized for its departures from the books, so it’ll be interesting to see how close Max stays to St. Douglas’ original.)
  • Andrew Bluestone (newbie) is developing his spec screenplay, PILLS, into a web series through a deal that is, in effect, a prize for kicking ass in a contest held by The Black List website and WIGS, a prodco specializing in sophisticated web stuff. (Congrats, Andrew! And, nope, the munchman has absolutely nothing sarcastic to say. Not yet anyway.)
  • Jake Thornton & Ben Lustig (WINTER’S KNIGHT) are adapting John Scalzi‘s s-f novel, Old Man’s War into a series for Syfy. (And with producer-director Wolfgang Peterson supervising, I’m thinking this could be kinda cool. If the show can survive Syfy’s paltry budgets and eternal quest for “the cute,” that is. Good luck, dudes!)