‘Royals’ takes shape at ABC, Sony TV

Basil Iwanyk, Matt Lopez field tale of palace intrigue

Busy feature producer Basil Iwanyk is shepherding a drama project for ABC with scribe Matt Lopez for Sony Pictures TV.

“The Royals” revolves around a young woman who falls for a prince in foreign country and finds herself wrapped up in palace intrigue and a murder mystery.

The Alphabet has given the project a script order with a penalty attached. Iwanyk is exec producing through his Thunder Road banner, which has a TV production pact at Sony. Lopez is writing and exec producing.

Iwanyk and Lopez had been collaborating on an idea for a cable series, which is about to be shopped, when Sony TV exec Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs brought the “Royals” concept to Lopez. Lopez wound up fleshing out the idea with Iwanyk, who has been looking to break into primetime in recent years.

Lopez is also working with producer Mark Gordon on a drama project, “Gothica,” for ABC and ABC Studios. He’s straddled the world of film and TV, fielding pilots for ABC and CBS last year.

Iwanyk’s recent pic credits include “The Town” and “Wrath of the Titans.”

Iwanyk and Lopez are repped by ICM Partners.

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