Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/2/14

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

  • Max Brooks (WORLD WAR Z, the graphic novel) has optioned his new book, The Extinction Parade to Legendary TV for development as a TV series. (So if you know Max it’s time to put in your bid for the writing gig. And if you don’t know him, now’s the time to change that and then put in your bid.)
  • David Schulner (DO NO HARM) has extended his deal with Universal TV and will be developing away while the studio pays for an office, an assistant, and, munchie bets ya, a tidy chunk of change dropped into his auto-deposit every week.(Not much point in kissing up to David, though. He’ll probably write everything he develops cuz that’s where his value to Universal lies. Of course, if you like him and the friendship is real, that’s something nobody can fault you for. Except maybe your greedy agent.)
  • Sarah Phelps (EASTENDERS) is adapting J.K. Rowling‘s novel The Casual Vacancy into a miniseries for HBO and BBC. (Yes, Ms. Phelps is a UK writer. We Amurricans are out. Live with it.)
  • J. Mills Goodloe (THE BEST OF ME, whatever that is) is writing the pilot for a Bravo dramedy, ALL THE PRETTY FACES, about an immortal family in Half Moon Bay California. (Dramedy? Science fiction? A beautiful beach town? Sounds perfect to the muncher. Only one little fly in this ointment: It’s a vehicle for its producer, Jennifer Garner. And, hey, I admit it – Yer Friendly Neighborhood munchman is no fan of Ben Affleck’s women. Sorry.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 3/13/14

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

  • Peter Lenkov (HAWAII Five-0) has made a 2-year deal to develop new series at CBS Studios. (Cuz…HAWAII FIVE-0. Waitaminnit, what? HAWAII FIVE-0 has been the epitome of the in-danger, borderline show since it debuted. Which brings us to the real question: WTF?!)
  • Max Brooks (World War Z) just sold his upcoming graphic novel, The Harlem Hellfighters, to Sony pictures. Which is a major victory for literature cuz your favorite munchman has seen this baby and it’s, like, real in every way. So real that mm is glad to forgive Max for the fact that it’s going to be a movie and not a TV series. C’mon, Maxie, give us TV addicts a little something too, willya?)
  • Alec Berg (the upcoming SILICON VALLEY) has made an overall deal with HBO. (Which makes more sense than Petey Lenkov’s cuz the dood was writer-director-executive producer of a little show called CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM for 4 years and therefore probably knows a little something that audiences will like. Whereas anybody associated with FIVE-0…well, you get it.)
  • Petter Skavlan (KON-TIKI) is devloping the Norwegian TV series THE INSTITUTION, which is a fictional look at the inner workings of a contemporary European royal family. (And which must be headed for U.S. TV because otherwise why would whatever mysterious institution that’s running this show be announcing it here? munchie is munchin’ at the bit for this one. Honest.)