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“The Birth of the Pill” TV Adaptation Headed to National Geographic

20 April 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Soon you’ll be able to watch a scripted series about the creation of the birth control pill alongside documentaries about nature and foreign cultures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, National Geographic has plans to develop “The Birth of the Pill,” a scripted adaptation of Jonathan Eig’s 2014 nonfiction book of the same name.

Eig’s book traces Planned Parenthood founder and feminist Margaret Sanger and philanthropist Katherine McCormick’s fight to provide women with safe, reliable contraception. With scientist Gregory Pincus and Ob-gyn John Rock, Sanger and McCormick “took on the scientific establishment, the church, and cultural norms in their fight,” THR summarizes.

Nat Geo is developing “The Birth of the Pill” in partnership with Fox. “Unforgettable” director Denise Di Novi will exec produce the project with Alison Greenspan, and Sonar Entertainment is producing with R.J. Cutler. Di Novi, Greenspan, and Cutler previously collaborated on the 2014 romance “If I Stay.”

It was originally reported that Audrey Wells (“Under the Tuscan Sun”) would write the first episode and Cutler would direct, but it’s unclear whether that plan is still going forward. Wells’ role was not mentioned in THR.

The source also details the other women-created narrative projects in the works at Nat Geo, including the history of the Ebola virus, “The Hot Zone,” and an untitled drama about the beginning of National Geographic itself.

The Hot Zone,” from Lynda Obst (“Insterstellar”), traces Ebola’s inception in the central African rain forest and its eventual migration to the U.S. The drama centers on “a U.S. Army veterinarian, working with a secret military Swat team, who puts herself in peril trying to contain the outbreak,” THR writes. “Under the Dome” writers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson will pen the script with Jeff Vintar (“I, Robot”). Fox 21 and Scott Free are exec producing.

National Geographic’s origin story will be exec produced by Marti Noxon (“UnREAL”). The untitled project “kicks off in the 1960s when a field producer is put in charge of two production teams as they shoot Nat Geo’s first TV documentaries in Siberia and Australia, braving espionage, scandal, and hostile environments.” Noxon is also producing under her Tiny Pyro Productions banner. The project is written by Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”), also an Ep.

“This scripted development slate further solidifies our commitment to developing diverse projects with themes and issues that resonate and are relevant to our audience,” Courteney Monroe, Nat Geo Global Networks CEO, commented. “We are working with the best storytellers in the world to tell these very human stories that we hope will create global conversation and change the way viewers look at the world around them.”

“The Birth of the Pill” TV Adaptation Headed to National Geographic was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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What's going on at DreamWorks Animation?

21 March 2017 11:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brendon Connelly Mar 23, 2017

Since DreamWorks Animation got snapped up by Universal, it seems several films have been cancelled. So what's actually happening?

If we imagine that the acquisition of Pixar by Disney was some kind of seismic shift for the Emeryville animation house, then Dreamworks Animation, by comparison, must be living in the red-hot cradle of a hyperactive volcano.

Animated films take so long, from concept to production to release, that recent Dreamworks titles are making their eventual escape from a corporate context which bears little relation to where they were conceived.

The Croods is a particularly good example. It was, originally, going to be a stop-motion film produced at Aardman with a screenplay by John Cleese. Without it ever being cancelled outright, this project continued to evolve, as Dreamworks twisted and turned like a kaleidoscope around it, in to the final product. The plot was different. The characters were different. »

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