Windmill puts energy into scripted music cabler mini
The Brat Pack is back.
VH1 and 10-month-old production outfit Windmill Entertainment are partnering on the music channel’s first-ever foray into scripted miniseries — centered on the adolescent years of such teen pic vets as Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe and Demi Moore.
Four-hour project, based on the book “Brat Pack Confidential” by Andrew Pulver and Steven Davies, chronicles the rise and fall of the group of young actors who toplined such ’80s youth fare as “The Breakfast Club” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.” MTV Networks movies topper Maggie Malina is overseeing the project penned by Windmill topper Craig Nevius. Von Zerneck/Sertner Films will also produce.
“While we are depicting some sensational scenes, it is done with affection for the actors,” Nevius said. “It’s the story of these actors who got it all, lost it all, but survived. There are no sad stories at the end of the day because, look, they are all working.”
Windmill also has a second longform project in development at VH1, which has been steadily ramping up its production of telefilms, most recently greenlighting the Michael Jackson biopic “Family Values.” Cabler premiered original movie “Thirty Days Until I Am Famous,” exec produced by Madonna, on May 7.
With series and movie projects set up at ABC and TV Land, Windmill’s Nevius said the company would specialize in producing pop culture-oriented fare. Nevius and co-topper Marta Anderson, the team behind the Sci Fi Channel series “Black Scorpion,” have teamed with “Baywatch” thesp Nancy Valen to oversee talent and development.
“My definition of pop culture is anything that’s of its time but transcends its time. It happens to line up nicely with where the networks (such as VH1, E! and Bravo) are headed,” Nevius said. “I have to make my misspent youth on the couch watching TV worth something.”
At the Alphabet, Windmill is developing “ActionHeroes Inc.,” with William Shatner, Robert Wagner and Lee Majors attached to star (Daily Variety, May 11). Two-hour movie, co-produced by Fox TV Studios, centers on three ex-action heroes — parallels to Captain Kirk, Jonathan Hart and the Six Million Dollar Man — who reluctantly team up to open a private detective agency where they apply their “TV knowledge” of crime fighting to the real and dangerous streets of Los Angeles.
Nevius is producing TV Land’s first original reality skein, “Living in TV Land,” a slice-of-life look at a day in the life of classic TV thesps such as Dick Van Patten, Jack Klugman, Alan Thicke, Tim Conway and Bernie Kopell. Series bows Aug. 18.
Windmill and Shatner are also developing a pilot on TV fanaticism based on Shatner’s book “Get a Life.” Melis Prods. will produce with Windmill.
Previously, Nevius and Anderson produced the Showtime summer program “Roger Corman Presents.”