Monday, September 26, 2016

Development News - Bill Pullman to Star in USA's 'The Sinner'; TNT Orders Pilot for Drama 'Hinges'; Plus 2 More Updates!

Development News - September 26, 2016

Amazon's Budding Prospects; Freeform's The Deep; TNT's Hinges; and USA's The Sinner.

  • Ian Verdun (Life's a Drag) has been cast on the drama pilot written by Eric Wald and Dean White. He will play Xander McClure, a burly deep sea fisherman, big-hearted and tough as nails who is the first mate to his father on a fishing trawler.
  • The cable network has given a pilot order to drama Hinges written by Janine Sherman Barrois. She will executive produce with John Wells, Mark Taylor and pilot director Anthony Hemingway. Warner Horizon Television, Studio T and John Wells Productions will produce. The project follows two sets of neighbors whose lives are dramatically changed in the wake of a scandal that rocks the community. Shifting focus to a different set of families each season, Hinges will expose the American Dream to be an illusion as it holds up a fun-house mirror to the cracks beneath a community's seemingly happy surface.
  • Bill Pullman (Independence Day) will star opposite Jessica Biel on the drama pilot written by Derek Simonds. He will play Harry Ambrose, a sensitive, dogged detective who finds himself disturbed and uniquely fascinated by Cora Tanner (Biel), an ordinary housewife who impulsively, and very publicly, commits a violent crime. Convinced the bare facts of the case conceal something considerably more significant, he starts to dig deeper into Cora's life.
  • The streaming service has given a pilot order to single camera comedy pilot Budding Prospects written by Melissa Axelrod. She will executive produce with Vincent Landay and director Terry Zwigoff. Joanna Colbert is a co-executive producer. Will Sasso (MADtv) has also been tapped to star. Set in 1983 San Francisco, three hapless city boys move to the country to grow marijuana. Their expectations of the experience being a back-to-the-land, nurturing adventure in a beautiful rustic setting run up against the harsh truth upon their arrival at "The Summer Camp" - a miserably run-down shanty out in the middle of nowhere, where they are bedeviled by rats, snakes, mosquitoes and harsh, unfriendly growing conditions, noisy neighbors, dangerous locals and menacing law enforcement. Sasso will play one of the three leads, Gesh, a big, unruly guy who is smarter than he seems.