Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas (2009 TV Movie)
Both have landed script commitments with penalty.
This is the second consecutive busy development season for "Empire" creator Wheeler, who last year landed a pilot order from ABC for the fantasy drama "Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas," which was in serious contention for a series pickup.
With his new projects, Wheeler is staying in the family- adventure genre, which he also is tackling on the feature side with two scripts he is writing: the "Shrek" spinoff "Puss in Boots" and "Cutlass Island."
"I have two big, event-style series that can bring the whole family to television, the equivalent of summer four-quadrant movies," Wheeler said. "Tele¬vision is so fragmented these days; I just want one great show that has something great for everyone."
The Fox project, "The Mysteries of Oak Island," is produced by Warner Bros. TV,
Wheeler will work on the animation's draft which has been written by Chris Miller, the co-director and co-writer of "Shrek the Third". Aside from this DreamWorks Animation project, he has recently written the fantasy pilot "Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas" for ABC, and is developing the screenplay of "Cutlass Island".
"Puss in Boots" is a stand alone movie for the feline character first introduced in "Shrek 2". Described as a famous ogre assassin, the character which is voiced by Antonio Banderas in the "Shrek" franchise was originally hired by King Harold to kill Shrek, but he went on to become one of the ogre's entourage.
Wheeler has been hired to write the "Shrek" spinoff "Puss in Boots" for DreamWorks Animation, a stand-alone feature foray for the feline assassin/swordsman voiced by Antonio Banderas in the two most recent "Shrek" films.
Michelle Raimo is producing.
The "Shrek" franchise has ballooned into a multibillion-dollar property, with three feature films grossing more than $2 billion worldwide in theaters, tens of millions of DVDs sold and merchandising in every toy store. A fourth feature film, "Shrek Goes Fourth," is due in theaters May 21, 2010.
The Puss in Boots character, originally hired to knock off the grumpy green ogre, debuted in "Shrek 2," which is the 10th-highest-grossing movie of all time. He went on to become part of Shrek's entourage.
Chris Miller, who added voices and dialogue to previous "Shrek" installments and co-directed and co-wrote the third movie,
The field is being narrowed down, and there is speculation ABC might pick up a drama and a comedy series Friday. Overall, the network is expected to greenlight at least three projects each on the comedy and drama side.
Two NYPD-themed one-hours -- ABC Studios' Nathan Fillion starrer "The Castle" and Sony TV's ensemble dramedy "The Unusuals" -- have emerged as front-runners.
Additionally, 20th's untitled Dave Hemingson legal dramedy screened well Wednesday. Rob Thomas' "Cupid" update, which has not been seen by ABC execs, also is rising, somewhat overshadowing Thomas' other hourlong pilot at ABC Studios, "Good Behavior."
Also a possibility: WBTV's fantasy "Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas," which has not screened.
On the comedy side, three single-camera half-hours continue to enjoy the strongest buzz: 20th TV's Victor Fresco office comedy and the ABC Studios-produced family shows "Never Better," starring Damon Wayans, and the Kristin Newman project, starring Alyssa Milano.
Described as Harry Potter meets Pan's Labyrinth, Atlas, centers on Gwen (Ferland), an adventurous young girl who finds a magical atlas that reveals a secret world underneath ours.
In the pilot, written by Tom Wheeler and to be directed by Tommy Schlamme, Moloney and Breen will play Gwen's adopted parents. Also cast in the pilot is 10-year-old Nathan Gamble (Runaway), who will play Gwen's younger brother.
Moloney (Brotherhood) is repped by Gersh and manager James Suskin. Breen (Eli Stone) is with Gersh and A Management.
Ferland (Good Luck Chuck) is repped by ICM and Play Management.
Meanwhile, Emmy winner Thomas Schlamme has come on board to direct and executive produce Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas, Tom Wheeler's drama pilot for ABC.
On the Warner Bros.-produced Fringe, Pinkner will serve as exec producer/showrunner. The project centers on FBI agent (Anna Torv), who teams with a guy (Joshua Jackson) and his scientist Father John Noble), to confront the spread of unexplained phenomena.
Endeavor-repped Pinkner's relationship with Abrams extends beyond serving as exec producer/writer on Lost, Abrams' ABC series. He also served in the same capacity on Abrams' Alias, also for ABC.
Atlas, from WBTV, centers on a young girl who finds a magical atlas that reveals a secret world. Schlamme will exec produce the pilot with Wheeler. Endeavor-repped Schlamme most recently directed Life on Mars, David E. Kelley's pilot for ABC.
The drama project, from Warner Bros. TV, is described as Harry Potter meets Pan's Labyrinth.
It centers on a young girl who finds a magical atlas that reveals a secret world underneath our world.
WMA-repped Wheeler also is adapting his fantasy novel The Arcanum for Gold Circle and director Randall Wallace.
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