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(Cbr) Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston will direct the pilot for a new TNT original drama series Lumen. The pilot comes from a script by Chris Black (Mad Men, Desperate Housewives) and details a family’s struggle to return home after being mysteriously transported to an alternate reality modeled on the work of a recently disappeared fantasy author. The family soon finds themselves trapped in the middle of an all out war between the magical forces of light and darkness. Lumen will be produced byTNT Original Productions, in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, Full Fathom Five and ABC Signature Studios. Amblin Television co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are attached as executive producers — the latter having previously worked on TNT’s Falling Skies. James Frey and Todd Cohen of Full Fathom Five will also serve as executive producers, as will Johnston and Black. »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
TNT has handed out a pilot order to the fantasy drama "Lumen" which will be produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. "Captain America: The First Avenger" helmer Joe Johnson will direct the pilot.
The story follows a famous fantasy novel series author who suddenly disappears and a family of four who are transported to the mystical alternate world that inspired her work.
Once there, however, they are plunged into the middle of a war raging between rival magical forces of light and darkness. Facing peril at every turn, the family must unravel a complicated mystery to find their way home.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
The network has picked up Lumen, about a family trapped in an alternate universe. Here’s the pitch: “The famous author of a best-selling series of fantasy books suddenly disappears, and a family of four finds themselves transported to the mystical alternate world that inspired her work. Once there, however, they are plunged into the middle of a war raging between rival magical forces, of light and darkness. Facing peril at every turn, the family must unravel a »
- James Hibberd
Project, co-produced by TNT Original Prods. and ABC Signature Studios, revolves around the disappearance of a famous author of a series of fantasy novels and a family of four that winds up transported to a war-torn mystical world that resembles her novels.
Chris Black penned the script and is exec producing with director Joe Johnston (pictured), known for “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Jumanji.” Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Frey and Full Fathom’s Todd Cohen also exec produce.
“Lumen” has been gestating at TNT for some time. The pilot greenlight comes even as the cabler has a big vacancy at the top of its programming department following the departure earlier this month of Michael Wright »
- Cynthia Littleton
A&E Network has found the path of “Nino Santo” and is developing multiple scripts for an adaption of the Mexican series of the same name that was created by Mauricio Katz, Pedro Peirano and Pablo Cruz and executive produced by Cruz, Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal.
The series follows a group of young doctors who are sent to a remote village to vaccinate the locals, only to encounter an unusual cult headed by an enigmatic faith healer. The doctors decide to become involved with this group in the name of science, but as they witness Nino’s “miracles,” they begin to weigh scientific impossibility against the possibility of faith.
The team who created the Mexican version will be adapting the series for the U.S. and it will be produced by A+E Studios in association with Amblin Television and Canana. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will serve »
- Whitney Friedlander
The series is to be set 10 years after the Tom Cruise-starring movie and the end of the PreCrime police unit which used three psychics to locate and arrest murderers before crimes were committed, Deadline reports.
Cruise starred in the original film as the head of PreCrime. However, his character was forced to go on the run after being accused of future murder himself.
Spielberg is expected to choose a top actor for the lead role of his new TV version.
Watch a trailer for Minority Report below: »
The drama would pick up 10 years after the events of the film, in which a division called Precrime, headed up by Tom Cruise’s Chief John Anderton, used Precogs to arrest people before they actually committed a crime. Precrime was shut down, and the three Precogs tried to go on to lead a normal life—which is where the sequel comes in. Haunted by visions of the future, one of the Precogs teams with a detective who is haunted by her past.
- Natalie Abrams
Max Borenstein, who wrote this year’s rendition of “Godzilla” for the big screen, is writing the teleplay and exec producing with Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. 20th TV and Par are partnering on the series adaptation, just as they did on the feature.
The series is set as a sequel to the movie, 10 years after the end of “precrime” in Washington, D.C. One of the three “precogs” is struggling to lead a normal life, but is haunted by visions of the future. He meets a detective haunted by her past, who may help him find a purpose to his gift.
- Variety Staff
Fox is officially moving forward with its TV sequel to Spielberg's 2002 film "Minority Report". The drama has scored a hefty put-pilot commitment along with a significant penalty attached.
The series will be set a decade after the end of the Precrime division in Washington D.C. One of the three Precogs now struggles to lead a "normal" human life but remains haunted by visions of the future.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV is the little engine that could, a tiny operation that has almost as many shows on the air as it has full-time employees.
See Also: Michael Wright Named CEO of DreamWorks
Wright is an unconventional choice, given his lack of film experience, but Spielberg’s bet on the TV vet is a sign of how much Wright impressed the DreamWorks mogul in working with him over the years on various DreamWorks TV/Amblin TV projects. Wright’s championing of DreamWorks TV’s 2005 epic Western miniseries “Into the West” was a bonding moment for the exec with Spielberg and his TV team.
Despite his background, however, Wright’s focus at DreamWorks will »
- Cynthia Littleton
DreamWorks Studios has named Michael Wright, former president and head of programming at TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, as its new CEO, replacing Stacey Snider who will leave the company at the beginning of January.
Spielberg made the hire as Snider is prepping to leave DreamWorks for 20th Century Fox. He had previously worked with Wright on several DreamWorks TV series that aired on TNT, including “Falling Skies,” and the miniseries “Into the West,” and often praised the executive.
“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Michael for many years and have come to know him as a talented executive whose creativevision, leadership, and passion are a perfect fit for our company,” Spielberg said in a statement announcing Wright’s hire. »
- Marc Graser
Could a seemingly innocent 15-year-old girl be the prime suspect of savage murders taking place in town? The answer could be ‘yes’ if she’s possessed by a demon like Regan was in The Exorcist. In NBC’s upcoming exorcism drama, The Possession of Maggie Gill, two detectives will explore the primal and perilous effects of paranormal activity surrounding a teenager.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has committed to a script for Amblin Television’s The Possession of Maggie Gill. John Glenn (The Lazarus Project) will handle scripting duties and will also executive produce alongside Adam Kane and Amblin’s Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Harris Fishman. We have the show’s official synopsis (courtesy of THR!):
“Maggie centers on the Gills, a loving a middle-class family in Eugene, Ore., who find themselves in the midst of crisis when paranormal occurrences begin to affect the everyday fabric of their home. »
- Derek Anderson
Fox has debuted the pilot of its new dramedy “Red Band Society” online ahead of its official broadcast premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The first episode will be available online until Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. Et via Hulu, Fox.com, Fox On Demand and the Fox Now app.
The pilot was unlocked via the efforts of fans — who also donated $100,000 to charity — by sharing “Red Band Society” content on social media. The money will be distributed to five charitable organizations: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Teen Cancer America and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The series stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable and a cast of young actors including Griffin Gluck, Nolan Sotillo, “X Factor” alum Astro, “Big Time Rush” star Ciara Bravo, Charlie Rowe and Zoe Levin. The show is a coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who »
- Laura Prudom
Future criminals beware – the precogs are back. 12 years after the Tom Cruise vehicle became a critical and commercial success, Steven Spielberg is moving ahead with a TV adaptation of his film Minority Report, to be scribed by Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein.
Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is behind the project, which will likely focus on the elite PreCrime unit seen in the film. It’s unclear how closely the TV adaptation will hew to the original film, which was based on a story by Philip K. Dick, but in Minority Report, the controversial police unit used three “precogs,” mutated humans with predictive abilities who could identify murderers before they ever carried out their crimes.
It’s a similar set-up to CBS’ Person of Interest, in which characters utilize advanced technology in order to thwart crimes before they happen, but that series’ success may indicate to Spielberg that there’s both still »
- Isaac Feldberg
Barely a week goes by at Den Of Geek Towers where we aren’t reporting on another new film adaptation coming to the small screen. It has also become customary to link to this article on Fargo in such circumstances, to remind us all how well such projects can work.
They’ve got MTV’s Scream, HBO’s Westworld, NBC’s The Devil’s Advocate and the next series of Fargo to compete with in the race to find the next big cinema-to-telly ratings hit.
It seems like an age since we said an emotional farewell to Walter White – the iconic Breaking Bad character that brought Bryan Cranston millions of new fans worldwide. But, despite many opportunities in film having presented themselves – including Argo and Godzilla – along with a Tony-award winning turn on the Broadway stage, it seems the actor has not abandoned the small screen entirely. HBO has acquired the rights to develop the play All The Way for television, and Bryan Cranston is firmly on board.
The role in the play that brought Cranston his Tony award is that of Us President Lyndon B Johnson, and the story centres on his initial, eventful year in office. In the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the plot encompasses the escalation of the Vietnam War, the launch of the Civil Rights Bill, and the election that brought him Johnson his first full term as President. »
- Sarah Myles
Bryan Cranston is coming back to TV. E! News has confirmed the Breaking Bad star will headline HBO's adaptation of All the Way, the Broadway play about President Lyndon Johnson that netted Cranston a Tony award. Robert Schenkkan will adapt the play for HBO and serve as executive producer with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Cranston. James Degus is attached as a co-executive producer. The play and film chronicle President Johnson taking office following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. During his first year, Johnson launched his landmark civil rights bill, dealt with the Vietnam War and the escalating tensions with the FBI. The Hollywood Reporter first reported on »
Bryan Cranston is going “All the Way” with HBO Films. The studio has acquired the rights to the Tony Award-winning play starring Cranston as President Lyndon Johnson, which also won him a Tony Award as Best Actor. Robert Schenkkan will adapt his play for HBO.
A behind-the-scenes look at President Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office, “All the Way” follows Johnson as he takes the oath following President Kennedy’s assassination, copes with the escalation of the Vietnam War, and launches his landmark civil rights bill.
Cranston, who made his Broadway debut in “All the Way,” won not only the Tony Award, but also the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theater World Awards. He’s also won three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards for “Breaking Bad.” He’s currently nominated for the show’s final season.
“All the Way” will be produced for HBO by Amblin Television, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Following the season four premiere of “Falling Skies,” TNT is offering viewers a closer look at what they can expect as the drama series plays out this summer.
“This season the battle for humanity, for hope, for the planet, will leave Earth behind,” the trailer warns as the cast, including series star Noah Wyle, battles supernatural forces and a new kind of army.
Wyle leads the charge as Tom Mason, a college professor who has become a resistance leader after a massive invasion by the Espheni alien race.
This season, the Mason family and the remaining 2nd Mass find themselves under attack by a new Espheni war machine and a new, deadly creation.
The series also stars Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Sarah Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho and Doug Jones. “Harry Potter” actress Scarlett Byrne has joined as a series regular for »
- Andrea Seikaly
Here's your first look at a series Fox ordered for its 2014/2015 TV season, starring Octavia Spencer, which is a remake of a lauded Spanish drama titled Pulseras Rojas (known in English as Red Band Society). The Catalan television show that first aired in 2011, was created by Albert Espinosa and draws on his childhood experiences as a hospital patient. It tells the story of a group of Catalan children and teenagers who meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital. Oscar winner Spencer stars, plays Nurse Jackson, described as a tough, intuitive nurse who's very good at her job. But despite her hard exterior, she is very sympathetic to the kids on her ward. Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) penned the U.S. adaptation and is exec producing for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank also exec produce, with producer Sergio Aguero, who brought the project to Amblin. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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