Wolpers go long

WB, TNT aboard pair of projects

Producers David L. Wolper and Mark Wolper have set deals with Warner Bros. and with producers James Coburn and Lisa Alexander for a pair of longform projects attached to cabler TNT.

The Wolpers, through their Wolper Organization, and Coburn/Alexander will together produce “The Mists of Avalon,” based on Marion Zimmer Bradley’s bestselling novel. Warner Bros. TV purchased the book outright for the Wolpers for an estimated $500,000.

Warner Bros. will jointly produce the miniseries — set in the days of King Arthur — with the Wolpers and their partners in conjunction with Warner Bros. Intl. TV and TNT. Mini is expected to begin filming in mid-1998.

The second TNT project on the Wolpers’ agenda is “Parchman,” two-hour docudrama produced jointly by the Wolper Organization and TNT. The Wolpers serve as executive producers of the fact-based, Depression-era story set in Mississippi about a group of black women who were abducted off the street and kept as virtual slaves in an illegal work force at the infamous Parchman Penitentiary.

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