- 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–)
- Murray Miller (GIRLS) has a new overall deal with HBO and is co-writing a comedy pilot for them called MR. ROMANCE with Casper Christian (KLOWN). (Congrats to all concerned. We’re thinking this is going to turn out well for everybody, even the audience.)
- Scott Kosar (THE MACHINIST) is writing a History Channel miniseries to be called THE LOST YEARS. (And guess whose lost years they’ll be? Nope – Jesus, baby. The secret, hidden truth about The Son Of God. Think that one’ll ever get past the true believers and on the air? For that matter, should it?)
- Steven S. DeKnight (SPARTACUS) is adapting the Italian drama ROMANZO CRIMINALE into a series for Starz about Philadelphia mobs in the ’60s and ’70s. (Which seems to have nothing whatsoever to do with the original, which is set in Rome in the ’70s and ’80s except, you know, Italian mobsters, whoa! Although come to think of it, that’s probably more than enough.)
- James Shiban (HELL ON WHEELS) is developing a History Channel miniseries about JAMESTOWN, in all its patriotic glory. (Or, hopefully, in all its harsh reality cuz for us that would be way, way cooler. Good luck, Jimmy boy!)
- Jenji Kohan (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) is creating an HBO series about the Salem witch trials. (And, no, we don’t care how it comes out, we’re in love with anybody who has the cajones to call herself Jenji and on top of that do in her parents by daring to spell her last name with a K.)
- John Singleton (SHAFT) is writing the pilot for a drama series called CLUB LIFE: MIAMI for HBO. (Which will be totally cool cuz he’s being overseen by one of our biggest heroes over here: Russell Simmons. What a great dude!)
- Steven S. DeKnight (SPARTACUS, SMALLVILLE) is developing INCURSION for Starz, about a future military force fighting aliens on a different planet each week. (STAR TREK goes all STARSHIP TROOPERS? Cool. )
- David Feeney (BEN AND KATE) will be writing like mad at 20th TV for the next couple of years thanks to an overall deal to develop new projects and become a writer-producer on NEW GIRL. (Um, wasn’t BEN AND KATE a failure creatively and ratingswise? And isn’t NEW GIRL considered a success? So, um, why…?)
- Ben Epstein (TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU) is writing a 1-hour drama for MTV about stuff happening in a theme park. (“Details are still being fleshed out.” Translation: “Wow! A theme park, how could we resist the high concept?” Oy!)
- Neil LaBute (IN THE COMPANY OF MEN feature film) is writing FULL CIRCLE for DirectTV. (Where, evidently, they’ve decided to get into the series biz without having to hire people who might actually want to, you know, get paid.)
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