Friday, February 8, 2019

Development News - Malin Akerman and Mykelti Williamson to Star in NBC Drama Pilot 'Prism'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Development News - February 8, 2019

ABC's Until We Fall & Untitled Hank Steinberg; CBS' FBI: Most Wanted; and NBC's Prism.

  • Malin Akerman and Mykelti Williamson will star in the drama pilot from writer-director Daniel Barnz. Akerman currently stars in Showtime's Billions, which returns for its fourth season in March. She quickly became one of the most sought after actors this pilot season after making herself available to casting directors. Should the NBC pilot be picked up to series, she would continue to recur on Billions. Willamson starred for one season in FOX's 24 and has had major recurring roles on FX's Justified, WGN America's Underground and NBC's Chicago P.D. His film credits include Forrest Gump and Fences.
  • Akerman will play Rachel Lewis, a brilliantly passionate public defender. An Erin Brockovich force of nature, she is as empathetic as she is ruthless.
  • Williamson will play Judge Henley.
  • UNITED WE FALL (Comedy, Multi-Camera) - Written by Julius Sharpe (Making History). Executive produced by Sharpe, Julia Gunn and Seth Gordon. Produced by ABC Studios, Sony Pictures Television and Exhibit A Film. Logline: When two people with young children and overzealous extended families truly love each other, barely anything is possible.
  • UNTITLED HANK STEINBERG PROJECT (Drama) - Written by Hank Steinberg (The Last Ship). Directed by George Tillman Jr. (The Hate U Give). Executive produced by Steinberg, Tillman Jr., Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Doug Robinson, Isaac Wright Jr. and Alison Greenspan. Produced by ABC Studios, Sony Pictures Television, G-Unit Film & Television and Doug Robinson Productions. Logline: Based on the life of Isaac Wright Jr., a prisoner becomes a lawyer and litigates cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn't commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him. Through the window of his ferocious struggle and his complicated relationship with a progressive female prison warden, the flaws and challenges in our penal and legal systems are examined.
  • Keisha Castle-Hughes has been cast opposite Julian McMahon on the backdoor pilot for a spinoff of FBI. She received an Academy Award nomination for the film Whale Rider. She has also recurred on HBO's Games of Thrones and starred in the Discovery limited series Manhunt: Unabomber.
  • She will play Lynn Khanna, a cowboy boot-wearing FBI analyst from a conservative Dallas family. She is a master of data-mining and social engineering with a sharp, earthy sense of humor. Tough, playful, young in years but an old soul at heart.