Pay cabler eyes Greene stories as possible series
Starz is eyeing the gastronomic and erotic adventures of food writer Gael Greene as the basis for a possible series.
The pay cabler has teamed with Robert Lantos’ Serendipity Point Films and Rob Lee’s Bayonne Entertainment to develop Greene’s mem oir “Insatiable: Tales From a Life of Delicious Excess” as an hourlong series. Book details Greene’s life in the New York swirl in the 1970s and ’80s when her perch as New York magazine’s food scribe gave her entree into the culinary and sexual revolutions of the era. More recently, her profile (always accented by a fancy hat) has been given a boost through her role as a judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.”
Greene’s 2006 book went into lusty detail on her affairs with famed chefs, porn stars and her experiences among the Studio 54 set, as well as her discoveries on the plate during her 40 years at New York mag.
Lantos has long been a fan of Greene’s work, noting that she’s had a “seminal influence on my senses, as well as my corpulence.”
Starz prexy and CEO Chris Albrecht called the book “a story that will lend itself to a richly entertaining series well suited to premium television.”
Lantos and Lee, who is a former producing partner of Al-brecht’s, will exec produce the project, which is in the early stage of development. Serendipity’s Ari Lantos and Mark Musselman will produce.
Greene enthused that the opportunity to work with Albrecht and Lantos on the project “is like dancing with Fred Astaire and having (Swiss chef) Fredy Girardet cook your dinner.”