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Tripplehorn inks Eye deal

Thesp to get made-to-order show, whether comedy or drama

Thesp Jeanne Tripplehorn is looking to make a move into television, inking an exclusive series development deal with CBS.

Eye will seek to create a comedy or drama around Tripplehorn, seen most recently opposite Hugh Grant in the Castle Rock mob comedy “Mickey Blue Eyes.” Project will be developed with an eye on the 2001-02 season.

Tripplehorn has some history with CBS, co-starring in the web’s telepic “Old Man,” based on the William Faulkner novella. Thesp also made a couple of appearances on Ben Stiller’s critically acclaimed 1992 sketch comedy show for Fox.

After breaking into the public eye with her role as Sharon Stone’s lesbian love interest in the 1992 thriller “Basic Instinct,” Tripplehorn went on to star opposite Tom Cruise in “The Firm.” Her other feature credits include “Sliding Doors,” “Very Bad Things,” “Waterworld,” “The Night We Never Met” and “Til There Was You.”

Upcoming Tripplehorn pics include the Abbie Hoffman biopic “Steal this Movie,” indie feature “Relative Values” and thriller “Paranoia.”

Deal was brokered by WMA, Basic Entertainment and attorney Steve Glick.

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