Sarah Michelle Gellar is eyeing a return to television with a half-hour project set up at HBO from screenwriter Charles Randolph.
Set in Gotham, “The Wonderful Maladys” ensembler revolves around the dysfunctional lives of three adult siblings who lost their parents at a young age.
Randolph described Gellar’s character as having “a kind of zealous immaturity — like a drug addict with a to-do list.”
Randolph wrote the script on spec last year with Gellar and HBO in mind. HBO recently bought the script and is aiming to shoot the single-camera pilot early next year. Gellar and Randolph will serve as exec producers should the project go forward, along with Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
“We’re on a fast track,” said Brillstein CEO Jon Liebman.
Gellar has focused on features since “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” ended its seven-year run in 2003. She called the chance to do a series with Randolph, Brillstein and HBO “a terrific next chapter for me.”
Randolph’s feature credits include 2003’s “The Life of David Gale” and 2005’s “The Interpreter.” At present he’s writing “Gucci,” for helmer Ridley Scott and Fox 2000.
Gellar and Randolph are repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.