'Tomorrow' helmer takes to TV; fall 2004 targeted

A correction was made to this article on Dec. 2, 2003.

HOLLYWOOD — Sundance sensation Justin Lin is jumping into TV, teaming up with Aaron Spelling for an hourlong drama set up at the WB.

Lin, who wrote and directed the youth-gone-bad indie pic “Better Luck Tomorrow,” is working on a college-based hour for the Frog. He’ll write and exec produce the Spelling Television project, which has been given a script commitment and is being targeted for fall 2004. Lin’s writing partners, Fabian Marquez and Ernesto Foronda, are co-writing the project.

WB drama exec VP Carolyn Bernstein credited her top deputy, VP Maria Grasso, for spotting Lin at Sundance in 2002.

“She came back raving,” Bernstein said. “So when CAA brought him up to us, we were rabidly excited.”

Lin’s project will be a multicultural take on the college experience, Bernstein said.

“It’s very consistent with the kind of vision Justin has,” she said. “The way he writes just feels incredibly current and realistic and not sugar-coated.”

On the feature front, Lin is writing and directing a drama based on novelist Brad Meltzer’s “The Tenth Justice” for Fox 2000 (Daily Variety, April 9) with Marquez and Foronda .

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