Circle expands TV presence

Firm inks first-look deal with Fox TV

Management/production firm Circle of Confusion is expanding its smallscreen presence, sealing a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Shingle already has several projects in the works, including the drama “The Descendants” at Fox.

“Descendants,” from cartoonist/scribe Ed Brubaker, is based on an original concept (rather than one of his existing properties). Project is a new twist on a cop show.

Other Circle of Confusion development includes “Powers,” set up at FX, based on the Brian Michael Bendis-created graphic novel.

Kevin Falls is attached to exec produce “Powers,” while Michael Dinner will direct if it is picked up to pilot. Project is pre-existing and was set up at the cabler through Sony Pictures TV.

Also, AMC announced this summer that it had picked up the rights to the Robert Kirkman graphic novel “The Walking Dead” (Daily Variety, Aug. 12).

David Alpert, David Engel and Lawrence Mattis run Circle of Confusion, which focuses on properties in the sci-fi, comicbook and videogame realm.

Engel said he and his partners sometimes “feel like the kids in ‘Glee’ — the outsiders who are constantly trying to prove that we belong… Comicbook creators aren’t influenced by what the networks are looking for. They create whatever they’re passionate about.”

That includes past pilots the shingle has produced at Fox (“Them”) and CBS (“Ultra”), Engel said.

20th exec veep Jennifer Nicholson Salke said she was interested in Circle of Confusion’s taste and clients, “which is very much in line with the Fox brand.”

“We were impressed by all of the material they control,” she said. “They’ve got a great library of ideas and graphic novels and comicbooks.”

Salke said she was particularly interested in tapping some of Circle of Confusion’s male-appeal titles for Fox, as “24” nears its end and other testosterone series like “Prison Break” have already exited.

Circle of Confusion is currently producing the feature “Vanishing on Seventh Street,” starring Hayden Christensen. Shingle also has the J.J. Abrams film “Diamond Heist” at Paramount and Joel Silver’s “Shadow 19” at Warner Bros. The company’s Steve Buscemi/Sarah Silverman starrer “St. John of Las Vegas” is also due out next year.

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