The Weinstein Company is the latest big movie name to be making the shift to television.
A feature in The New York Times reveals that the Weinstein brothers are plotting a shift to scripted television in 2014. According to the newspaper, they’re hard at work on more than six new scripted series.
Among the series currently being developed are a 10-episode ancient Egypt-set detective drama called “Book of the Dead”; a 10-episode series called “10 Commandments” where directors like Lee Daniels and Madonna could oversea an episode about one of the commandments given to Moses; a Netflix “martial arts-filled adventure series” called “Marco Polo”; a 14-episode retelling of “War and Peace” with BBC; a look at Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s later years called “Stan and Ollie” with BBC; and an “Entourage”-style comedy.
But that’s not all Weinstein is considering. The company is also looking to develop scripted shows based on its own movies. They’re planning to “quickly follow” the Aug. 22, 2014 release of “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” with a spinoff television series. Harvey Weinstein also is apparently considering making “Silver Linings Playbook” into a show.
Bob Weinstein is preparing a pilot for a “Scream” TV series for MTV, and developing a 10-part “The Mist” TV series with the film’s director, Frank Darabont. “The way to add stability to the company is to be in the television business,” Harvey Weinstein tells the NYT.
Do any of these planned series get you excited?