NBC has announced a number of high-profile longform projects in development, including four-hour miniseries from Brandon Tartikoff, Mozark Prods., the Wolper Organization and Robert Greenwald Prods.
The slate represents a desire to create movies and miniseries that can achieve “event” status under Lindy DeKoven, senior VP of movies & miniseries, who is putting her stamp on the department after being recruited by NBC West Coast prez Don Ohlmeyer in March from Lorimar TV.
Multiparters in development include:
- Tartikoff’s “Journey Into Justice,” exploring one man’s campaign against teenage violence during the 21st century, produced with former NBC longform exec Tony Masucci;
- “Widow’s Web,” a fact-based mini from producers Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s Mozark;
- “Daughters of the New World,” Wolper’s adaptation of the bestselling Susan Richards Shreve novel;
- And Greenwald’s “A Woman of Independent Means,” based on Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey’s novel set at the turn-of-the-century.
Among the movies added to the roster are “Baby Brokers,” with Cybill Shepherd as a single woman who becomes the victim of baby-brokering fraud, from BBK; “Mother Love,” from Judith Henry Wall’s upcoming book about a woman torn between her son and husband, through Citadel Entertainment; and “Saving Grace,” an NBC Prods./Bonnie Raskin production starring Patty Duke as the witness to a murder.
Those projects join several recently reported movies and miniseries, among them “Liz,” Lester Persky’s four-hour unauthorized biography of Elizabeth Taylor; “Case Closed,” Wolper’s adaptation of the Gerald Posner book that supports the Warren Commission’s findings on the Kennedy assassination; and “Two Fathers Return,” with Robert Conrad and George Hamilton reprising their roles from the movie “Two Fathers’ Justice.”
Other movies in the works, previously noted, are “World War II: Then There Were Giants,” with Michael Caine just cast as Stalin, joining previously announced leads Bob Hoskins and John Lithgow as Churchill and FDR, respectively; “Mississippi Mud,” starring “Cafe Americain’s” Valerie Bertinelli, from The Polone Co.; Barbra Streisand’s production of “The Grethe Cammermeyer Story,” starring Glenn Close; and an eight-hour miniseries based on James Clavell’s novel “Gai Jin.”