“Ray” producers Howard and Karen Baldwin are looking to get into television, snapping up the rights to Amy Ephron’s jazz age novel “One Sunday Morning.”
No studio is yet attached, but the Baldwins are looking to develop “Sunday” as a one-hour dramatic sudser under their Baldwin Entertainment Group banner. Ephron is set to write the pilot script and will exec produce with the Baldwins.
Published in May, “Sunday” — which made the L.A. Times’ bestseller list — revolves around the romances and scandals surrounding a quartet of young society women and the men in their lives. Action takes place in Gotham and Paris.
“It’s set in the ’20s, but its comparisons to today make it a romantic, elegant, edgy soap opera,” Karen Baldwin said. “We want to pull the curtain back on the facade of the ’20s, when the excitements of the night were in direct contrast to the manner and mores of the day.”
Ephron said that while the show will reflect the “style and elegance” of the period, “I intend to trash it up a bit.”
“It’s all about secrets and innuendo and things not being what they seem,” she added. “Before there were paparazzi, there were windows.”
Ephron’s other novels include “A Cup of Tea” and “Biodegradable Soap.” She was an exec producer on 1995 feature “A Little Princess.”
Baldwin Entertainment Group is currently developing a stage musical on the life of Ray Charles with fellow “Ray” producer Stuart Benjamin. Baldwins were also producers on the Matthew McConaughey starrer “Sahara.”
Todd Slater is exec VP of Baldwin Entertainment Group.