Reeve to helm A&E’s tale of quadriplegic

Cabler floats serial killer pic for Sept. preem

Christopher Reeve has come aboard to direct the A&E original movie “Brooke Ellison,” one of two telepics the cabler has greenlit to production.

A&E has also commissioned the original made-for “Riverman,” based on the real-life events that inspired the Oscar-winning feature “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Announcements were made during NCTA’s annual cable confab the National Show in New Orleans. Both projects had been previously announced in development during the cable portion of the critics press tour in January (Daily Variety, Jan. 6).

Reeve directs “Ellison,” based on the autobiographical novel, which depicts the struggles of an 11-year-old quadriplegic who goes on to graduate from Harvard. Camille Thomasson (“Luther”) wrote the adaptation.

“Ellison” is the first original movie from A&E to be shot Stateside.

Howard Meltzer, Howard Braunstein, Michael Jaffe and Christopher Reeve exec produce. “Ellison” starts production in New Orleans in June for a December premiere.

The psychological thriller “Riverman” tells the true story of an investigator who was aided by Ted Bundy to bring the Green River serial killer to justice. Pic will premiere in September.

Bill Eagles (“Book of Ruth”) will direct from an adaptation by Tom Towler and Peter Lance (“JAG”). Hawk Koch (“Primal Fear”) and Lance are exec producers. A&E and Fox TV Studios will co-produce. “Riverman” begins lensing this month in Canada.

Delia Fine is exec producer for A&E for both projects. Casting is under way.

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