Net inks 3-year pact with Scheuring
“Prison Break” creator Paul Scheuring is staying within the walls of 20th Century Fox TV, inking a rich three-year overall deal with the studio.Pact, valued in the seven figures, immediately ups Scheuring to exec producer of the skein alongside Brett Ratner, Matt Olmstead, Marty Adelstein and Dawn Parouse. There’s also a development component that lets Scheuring create and exec produce new programming, though his initial focus will be launching “Prison.” Skein reps Scheuring’s first stab at series television. Scribe focused on features before, co-writing (with Christian Gudegast) the 2003 Vin Diesel pic “A Man Apart,” and is continuing his feature career. He recently teamed with producer David Heyman to set up “Yucatan,” a Warner Bros. project based on notes and storyboards by Steve McQueen (Daily Variety, June 17). Though Scheuring’s new to the TV medium, 20th Century Fox TV prexy Dana Walden said he’s proved a quick study. “He’s a talented writer and his voice speaks to the Fox audience in particular,” she said. “He writes projects that target that sort of elusive young male demo in a very natural way. The dialogue is not forced; the action’s not forced.” Walden said inking Scheuring to an overall deal — even before anyone knows if “Prison Break” will hit or miss — is a chance “to get in …on the ground floor” of Scheuring’s TV career. Scheuring said he didn’t have to think hard about doing a deal with Fox since the studio “has been an advocate of mine from the outset. I never found a reason to go anywhere else.” As for development, Endeavor-repped Scheuring said there’s “no chance of doing it this season. ‘Prison Break’ is my full-time job and the rest of my life as well.” Series bows on Fox on Aug. 29, kicking off the net’s fall season.