ABC developing series with Straczynski
Pandemic thriller from Georgeville, Overbrook poised for straight-to-series order
By CYNTHIA LITTLETON
ABC has inked a deal with indie production company Georgeville TV and Overbrook Entertainment for a pandemic thriller project from "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski.
Project is designed to secure a straight-to-series order, meaning that if ABC likes the script it will forgo a pilot in favor of a multiple episode order.
Details on the project are sketchy but it's described as a blend of procedural and serialized elements. James Lassiter and Jada Pinkett Smith are exec producing for Overbrook with Straczynski.
L.A.-based Georgeville, headed by producer Marc Rosen, is backed by Indian conglom Reliance Entertainment company and another Reliance subsidiary, London-based Motion Picture Capital, run by Leon Clarance and Deepak Nayar. The company has made a splash after barely six months in business because it has the ability to finance its own projects. Georgeville is focused on developing high-end projects with international appeal that command straight-to-series orders.
Jim Goodman, Georgeville's newly appointed exec veep of business affairs, brokered the deal with ABC.
Straczynski is renowned in sci-fi circles as the steward of the enduring "Babylon 5" series/telepic franchise. In recent years he's fielded numerous features and the 2002-04 Showtime series "Jeremiah."