Ryan Murphy is slowly becoming the king of television, with a new pilot ordered by HBO. Deadline reports Murphy had interest from multiple networks for his drama spec script “Open,” but the project has landed at HBO.
“Open” is described as a “modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships,” featuring five main characters. The characters include a married couple in their 30s, the husband’s male co-workers and a female yoga instructor in her 40s.
The project is co-written by Murphy and Lauren Gussis, a co-executive producer on “Dexter.” Murphy is happy the pilot has ended up with HBO, saying, “They have great projects, and this is really an adult show that is very frank in its depiction of sex.” However, 20th Century Television chairman Gary Newman is quick to note it’s not gratuitous. “It is a very honest exploration of relationships and intimacy, and the sex feels organic to the subject matter.”
In addition to “Open,” Murphy is still plenty busy with his shows “Glee,” “American Horror Story” and “The New Normal.” He also has “The Normal Heart,” a movie adaptation of the Broadway play, starring Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, that he’s doing for HBO.
“Open” is expected to start casting shortly, before filming in the fall.