Skein will not be a remake of Evans pic
Call it Notorious B.O.B.
The colorful life of legendary producer Robert Evans will form the basis of a weekly animated series just snapped up by Comedy Central.
Following a multinetwork bidding war, cabler has ordered 10 episodes of the still-untitled skein, which will revolve around both the real-life and fictional adventures of Evans as he interacts with Hollywood execs, global leaders — and the trickiest creatures of all: women.
Brett Morgen– who co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed the well-reviewed Evans doc “The Kid Stays in the Picture”– is teaming with “South Park” scribe Pam Brady to write and exec produce the skein, expected to bow no earlier than summer 2003.
Evans will also exec produce and lend his voice to the project, which reps the first major programming commitment for new Comedy Central original programming senior veep Lauren Carrao.
In an interview with Daily Variety, the well-tanned producer vowed the half-hour skein will be unlike anything television has ever seen.
“It’s totally original; I wouldn’t do it otherwise,” he said. “I couldn’t tell these stories in a movie, because no one would believe it and no one could act it out. This is not a Saturday morning cartoon.”
Evans said the show’s underlying theme will be about “danger being an aphrodisiac and that fact is stranger than fiction, particularly in the life of notorious Evans.”
Producer also said his original idea for a title was rejected.
“I was fighting for ‘Pussy Power,’ but that was too controversial,” he said.
Carrao said the Evans project reps the out-there kind of programming she’ll try to bring to Comedy Central.
“Since the moment I got here, I’ve been looking for a really great idea to come out of the box with,” she said. “And when Pam and Brett and Evans brought it to us, it just felt like the one.”
Carrao said turning Evans into a toon made perfect creative sense.
“He’s got this outrageous philosophy, he’s led an extraordinary life, and he’s enormously sexy,” she said. “He deserves to be immortalized in a cartoon.”
Exec also praised the pairing of Morgen and Brady, noting the former’s extensive knowledge of Evans’ career (gained through the nearly four years he spent working on “Kid”) and the latter’s “twisted take on reality.”
“It was really the team of Evans, Brett and Pam that sold us,” she said.
In addition to Evans, Alan Selka — Evans’ longtime butler — will be a central character in the skein, frequently serving as a foil for Evans. Producers are also counting on numerous celeb cameos.
The skein will not be a remake of “Kid.”
“Some of it’s based on his life, some of it will be completely exaggerated,” Morgen said. “But at the end of the day, the character essentially is the icon of Robert Evans.”
Morgen said he and Brady have had no trouble coming up with story ideas.
“He has dozens and dozens of stories that would make great material for episodes,” he said. “The challenge will be deciding which ones to use.”
Comedy Central execs wouldn’t comment on the pricetag for the Evans skein, though industry insiders said the figure is “well above” the roughly $250,000 per episode the cabler often spends on projects.
Evans wouldn’t get specific, either, but hinted that the project wouldn’t be cheap. “An original bears no price,” he said.
Morgen, who’s repped by Endeavor and John Sloss, snagged an Oscar nom and a DGA Award for the doc “On the Ropes.” He co-directed “Kid” with Nanette Burstein.
Brady, repped by UTA and Robert Offer, most recently wrote the ABC pilot “Paranormal Girl.”
Evans is repped by Henry Holmes.