CBS has unveiled the first looks at its new fall series as its upfront presentation got underway today in NY, with Robin Williams of David E Kelley’s The Crazy Ones among the participants. The network announced its fall and midseason schedules earlier in the day. Still AWOL: the Will Arnett comedy The Millers, so check back. Related: CBS Execs Take Shots At The Competition The Crazy Ones — Comedy Produced by 20th Century Fox Television. From executive producers David E. Kelley, Bill D’Elia, Dean Lorey, John Montgomery and Mark Teitelbaum and director/executive producer Jason Winer: Hostages — Drama Produced by Warner Bros Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television. From executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Rick Eid, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir: Intelligence — Midseason Drama Produced by ABC Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. From executive producers Michael Seitzman, René Echevarria, Tripp Vinson and David Semel: Mom — Comedy Produced by Warner Bros Television and Chuck Lorre Productions. From writer/executive producers Chuck Lorre and Eddie Gorodetsky and writer Gemma Baker: We Are Men — Comedy Produced by CBS Television Studios. From executive produers Rob Greenberg, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum:
EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films has attached Babak Najafi to direct the action thriller Inside The Machine. Najafi, who just helmed Snabba Cash 2 (aka Easy Money 2) will helm a drama that follows an El Paso-based undercover ATF agent who risks his life to destroy a murder-for-hire gang that is run from within a prison by an untouchable criminal mastermind. The script is by Marc Maurino and Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilms are producing. Vinson called Najafi “an incredibly talented filmmaker who is going to blow audiences away with his ability to deliver an adrenaline-fueled thriller.” Najafiu will work closely with Maurino on developing the script. Najafi made his directorial debut with Sebbe, which won Best Debut Film at Berlin in 2010. He’s separately attached to Unlocked for Endgame. UTA and manager Shelley Browning of Magnolia Entertainment rep him, and CBS’s Mark Ross and Ryan Conroy are overseeing the project.
Lionsgate picked up Adam Wingard‘s midnight slasher back in 2011 but held it for a buzz-dampening two years. The home invasion pic about a family under attack by masked thugs resurfaced this month at SXSW, launching the studio’s campaign ahead of an August 23 bow. You’re Next stars Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Barbara Crampton, Rob Moran, Nicholas Tucci, Amy Seimetz, Wendy Glenn, and filmmakers Joe Swanberg and Ti West and is written by Simon Barrett. Here’s the first trailer: Watch this video on YouTube.
Lost alum Josh Holloway is set as the lead in Intelligence, CBS‘ drama pilot from writer Michael Seitzman, ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. Based on unpublished book Dissident by John Dixon, Intelligence is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Holloway will play Gabriel Black, a former Navy SEAL and dedicated intelligence officer. The premise of Intelligence, which has a procedural element, is reminiscent of CBS’ Person Of Interest, which coincidentally stars another Lost alum, Michael Emerson. David Semel is directing the pilot and executive producing with Seitzman and Tripp Vinson.
EXCLUSIVE: Colin Farrell is closing a deal to star with Anthony Hopkins in Solace, the supernatural thriller that Afonso Poyart (Two Rabbits) will direct with production to begin in May. The film will be sold at Berlin by FilmNation’s Glen Basner, and domestic distribution rights are also up for grabs. The film’s scripted by Sean Bailey, Ted Griffin, James Vanderbilt and Peter Morgan. It has percolating long enough that the film’s first credited writer, Bailey, is currently president of production at Disney. The film originated at New Line but never came together quite right, and producers Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Matthias Emcke finally got it back and got the financing through Claudia Blumheuber’s Silver Reel. Farrell will play an FBI detective who seeks the help of a retired and reclusive doctor, to try and solve a series of grisly murders. The doctor was a wiz at the murder game, but lost his mojo when his daughter died tragically. Desperate, the detective presses the doctor to come out of retirement for one more case. Farrell, who’s coming off Seven Psychopaths, most recently wrapped the Akiva Goldsman-directed Winter’s Tale. He also was in the John Lee Hancock-directed Saving Mr Banks opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, about Walt Disney’s long courtship of P.L. ... Read More »
North Country writer Michael Seitzman has sold a second drama this season. Intelligence, which has been bought by CBS, is based on unpublished book Dissident by John Dixon and centers on a man, gifted and cursed with a top secret experimental microchip implanted in his brain that makes him computer-like in the way he sees and processes information. ABC Studios, where Seitzman is under an overall deal, is producing, with Seitzman and feature producer Tripp Vinson (Red Dawn) executive producing. The premise of Intelligence, which has a procedural element, is reminiscent of two CBS dramas on the air, Person Of Interest, in which a duo tries to prevent crimes with the help of a top-notch computer program, and Unforgettable, whose protagonist has unusual mental abilities — she remembers everything. Intelligence joins Seitzman’s other drama project for next season, Cleopatra, which has a put pilot commitment at NBC with di Bonaventura TV producing. Last year, WME-repped Seitzman has pilot Americana in serious consideration at ABC.
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