Director-producer to write script, helm if pilot picked
In what would be his first series since co-creating “Felicity,” helmer-producer Matt Reeves has pacted with ABC to develop an hourlong drama for the web as part of his overall deal with Touchstone Television.
Alphabet has made a premium script commitment to the project, a coming-of-age period piece set in 1970s Los Angeles. Reeves will write the script and direct the skein if it’s picked up as a pilot.
In addition to creating and exec producing “Felicity” with J.J. Abrams, Reeves most recently directed the pilot episode of ABC’s Andre Braugher starrer “Gideon’s Crossing.” He quietly inked a multiyear overall development deal with Touchstone last year.
Untitled skein, based loosely on Reeves’ own life experience, would revolve around a young nuclear family that moves from New York to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. While the hour will explore all members of the clan, the main point-of-view will be that of the 11-year-old son.
“It’s about the American dream and trying to be a family in an era when traditional family roles were being threatened,” said Reeves. “It will hopefully have a lot of humor to it and a sense of nostalgia.”
Reeves, 34, was four years old when he and his family arrived in L.A. from suburban New York. While he’s written two major features (“The Pallbearer” and the upcoming “The Yards”), the ABC pilot reps his first solo stab at writing a series.
“It’s exciting that, if ABC orders the pilot, the next thing I direct is going to be something very personal,” he said.
Touchstone Television topper Steve McPherson said the personal perspective Reeves is bringing this project makes it particularly attractive to the studio.
“I always like things that come from a passionate point of view based on people’s life experiences,” he said. “If there’s passion, there’s usually a lot of depth, too.”
As for Reeves, McPherson called him “one of the most talented directors working in television. We’re fortunate to have him as a part of our roster.”
Reeves is repped by Endeavor.