Rehme Prods., headed by producer Bob Rehme (“Clear & Present Danger,” “Beverly Hills Cop 3”), has engineered the biggest telepic development slate in its history.
The slate includes two miniseries spinoffs of Turner Broadcasting’s “Gettysburg,” a mini based on Stephen Ambrose’s bestseller “Nothing Like It in the World” (about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad) and an A&E movie, “McNally’s Risk,” based on the Lawrence Sanders novel, which could end up as a series.
In the Navy
“Dark Targets,” the one completed project, is a two-hour movie that CBS will air this season; it stars Kim Delaney (“NYPD Blue”) as a naval intelligence officer. As with all of the projects, Rehme and Nick Grillo are the executive producers. Lewis Teague directed “Targets”; John Bishop and Susan Rhinehart penned it. It’s a Paramount TV-Rehme co-production.
TNT has commissioned the scripts for “Gods & Generals” and “Last Full Measure,” each planned as a four-hour mini. Both are derived from the novels of the same name by Jeff Shaara. Ron Maxwell will adapt and direct both miniseries, as he did “Gettysburg.”
Robert Cochran’s adaptation of Ambrose’s “Nothing Like It in the World,” will likewise take the form of a four-hour movie on TNT.
Another TNT project is “Science Club,” a true story about a group of boys confined to a punitive mental institution, based on an article by Michael D’Antonio, adapted by Mark Montgomery.
Rehme and Grillo have four Showtime movies in development:
- “Convicted in the Womb,” the true story of Carl Upchurch, a vicious gang member who turned his life around in prison and became a crusader for nonviolence. Jon Huffman and Art Washington have adapted the book by Upchurch.
- “Deacons of Defense,” another true story, about a “secretive black-militia group active in the South during the civil-rights period.” Three writers are attached: D’Antonio, Richard Wesley and Frank Military.
- “City of Night,” a futuristic crime drama set in an urban metropolis. Military will direct from his own original script.
- “Judge Frank Johnson,” focusing on the Alabama federal judge whose civil-rights decisions made him a pariah in the community. Daniel Helfgott will do the adaptation of the biography by Jack Bass. Worldview Entertainment is the co-producer.
A&E’s “McNally’s Risk” is being adapted by Gerald Ayres from the novel by the late Lawrence Sanders, who wrote a number of McNally books to which Rehme has the rights. He could draw on them for future A&E movies, or a series, if the proposed pilot is successful.
Finally, there’s “Up From Hatred,” at John Malone’s pay network Starz. It’s the true story of Floyd Cochran, a former Aryan Nation member who defected and became an advocate of civil rights. D’Antonio wrote the Los Angeles Times magazine article about Cochran. Military, the director, will also adapt the article.