Thesp joins Whitaker, Williams in pic, will produce 'Loser'
HOLLYWOOD — Sara Gilbert, who played the wise-cracking daughter on “Roseanne,” has inked to co-star in 20th Century Fox’s “Light It Up” and to star in and produce two TV skeins, “Even the Losers” for MTV Prods. and ABC, and an untitled project for CBS.Gilbert will appear opposite Forest Whitaker and Vanessa Williams in the Fox feature, which is about a group of students who take over a rundown high school to try and improve it. Gilbert will play one of the students. Pic starts production Nov. 16. Craig Bolotin is helming his script. Tracey E. Edmonds is producing. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is exec producer. Gilbert has signed a deal with CBS to develop and star in a comedy series that Brad Hall will also produce. Gene Stein, VP of series comedy development at the web, is overseeing the series. She also just closed a deal to produce “Even the Losers,” an edgy high school series with MTV Prods. that ABC has picked up to develop. Gilbert is creating and directing the show. The project is about 15-year-old Woody Allen-type who is shipped off to boarding school. Gilbert already directed some sample scenes. Ken Mok, VP of development at MTV, and Cynthia Mort will exec produce the show. Gilbert and Mort are co-writing the pilot. Steve Sicherman, director of development of MTV Prods., will oversee the project. Gilbert’s feature deal was brokered by agent Randi Michel of the William Morris Agency, manager Jason Weinberg and attorney Cliff Gilbert-Lurie. For TV, she was repped by Morris agent John Kimball.