Thesp eyes TV drama with Live Planet
HOLLYWOOD — Ben Affleck is in talks to create and write “Resistance,” a potential drama series about a second American Revolution that he’ll exec produce with Live Planet partner Sean Bailey.
Separate from the deal for “Resistance,” Bailey has inked a new two-year, seven-figure pod deal that will keep him at Touchstone Television though 2007. While Bailey remains a partner in Live Planet, the Touchstone pact is for his solo services as a scribe and producer.
As for “Resistance,” project marks the first time Affleck will go it alone writing a pilot, and comes on the heels of his deal to script and direct “Gone, Baby, Gone” (Daily Variety, March 24). Affleck and Bailey co-created the 2002 Alphabet reality/drama hybrid “Push, Nevada.”
“Resistance,” to be produced by Touchstone and Live Planet, will be set in the not-so-distant future, imagining a United States that’s been divided into separate countries following a pair of catastrophic terror attacks.
Ensemble skein will follow a band of modern patriots who are attempting to bring back the Bill of Rights and reunify the country. One person familiar with the pitch said the show ultimately will be a hopeful hour because of its pro-democracy bent.
“Resistance” fits with the early development season trend toward so-called “event” projects. What’s more, at least one other project with a similar theme may be in the works.
Spyglass Television and Benderspink are said to be preparing a pitch for a show dealing with life in the U.S. after a major national disaster. Idea is based on the Whitley Strieber novel “War Day.”
Fox’s “24,” which has tackled everything from a nuclear explosion in the U.S. to a chemical attack, has proved audiences are willing to tune in to watch a show with terrifying undercurrents.
Both “Resistance” and “Gone” mark Affleck’s return to his writing roots. He won the Oscar for co-writing “Good Will Hunting.”
Bailey is producing with Affleck on both projects, and the duo recently snagged their third Emmy noms for “Project Greenlight.”
As for Bailey’s Touchstone deal, agreement cements a relationship that began last year when the scribe-producer inked a one-year pact with the studio.
Understands business side
At that time, Touchstone prexy Mark Pedowitz described Bailey as a producer who has the ability to “see a project through a creative prism and produce with a healthy respect for the business side of entertainment.”
New pact will have Bailey writing and producing series programming, including the hourlong cop project “Enemies” set up at the studio last year. Ken Olin (“Alias”) is said to be ready to direct the project should it go to pilot.
On the feature side, Bailey’s producing credits include “Matchstick Men” and “The Core.”
Coming up for Live Planet: “First Descent,” a feature doc about snowboarding that was overseen by execs Larry Tanz and Marc Joubert. Pic, to be distribbed by Universal in December, was produced in conjunction with sponsor Mountain Dew.