MRC to produce new drama adaptation
NBC is developing a new take on “Jason and the Argonauts,” which would be produced as the first-ever green-screen drama developed for primetime.Media Rights Capital is behind “Jason,” which comes from exec producers Josh and Jonas Pate (“Surface”). Peacock has given a put pilot commitment to the project, which it secured after a fierce bidding war (believed to be with Fox). MRC also just landed orders from ABC for seven additional scripts of animated skein “The Goode Family,” and from Lifetime for three more scripts of the comedy “Rita Rocks.” News comes as MRC puts its two Sunday night CW skeins on production hiatus in order to wait and see how those shows’ initial eight episodes perform (Daily Variety, Oct. 14). Company also is expected to announce restructuring and expansion shortly. As for “Argonauts,” project reps the Peacock’s second stab this decade at the topic. NBC aired the unrelated Robert Halmi miniseries “Jason and the Argonauts,” starring Jason London, Frank Langella and Dennis Hopper, in 2000. The Greek myth also has drawn interest in the feature world: Zak Penn is writing and producing “The Argonauts” for 20th Century Fox, while DreamWorks also has a project titled “The Argonauts” in the works (Daily Variety, Aug. 12). Separately, ABC confirmed that it has picked up an additional four scripts of “Eli Stone,” which returned for a second season Tuesday night.