David Mamet Developing ‘7 Deadly Sins’ As Limited Series for Fox (Exclusive)

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Stephen McPherson shepherding project with playwright for Lionsgate TV, 20th Century Fox TV

David Mamet is turning to the Good Book, setting a deal with Fox, Lionsgate TV and 20th Century Fox TV to develop a seven-hour limited series rooted in the concepts behind the seven deadly sins.

Stephen McPherson is shepherding the project with Mamet (pictured) through McPherson’s production pact with Lionsgate TV.

The famed playwright and screenwriter plans to write and direct the first episode, and write at least two more segs.

The themes invoked by the seven deadly sins will serve as a backdrop of a series of interconnected stories the reflect on the human condition through Mamet’s distinctive lens. And there’s plenty of material to work with from the list of Christianity’s Big 7 no-nos: wrath,  greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony.

The “7 Deadly Sins” project is in the early development stage as part of Fox’s push to offer more limited-run series and longform projects throughout the calendar year. Mamet and McPherson are exec producing.

Mamet’s past TV credits include the HBO telepic “Phil Spector” and the CBS military drama series “The Unit.” He’s a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner whose plays include “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Oleanna,” “The Cryptogram” and “American Buffalo.”

McPherson, the former ABC Entertainment chief, is fielding 11 prospects so far in the current development cycle, with a multicam comedy pilot order from Fox and projects in the hopper for NBC, CBS and Starz, among others.

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  1. Hix says:

    David Mamet should make a movie about Count Dante (“The Deadliest Man Alive”) and the Dojo Wars of Chicago.

  2. Solutions says:

    Apparently Lionsgate TV/FOx will be financing her series as part of the settlement. Oh and David must not duplicate her concept exactly and must come up with his own variation on the topic. Lionsgate and Fox are now aware of this situation and have been notified.

  3. Very Disgusted says:

    If I was FOX/Lionsgate I would drop this series on the principle of not supporting exploitation and abuse. They should at least approach her and offer her some kind of monetary payment its absolutely disgusting

  4. Real Human says:

    Taken from and inspired by Jill Thrussell The Archimedes Trap Movie. When does she get paid real money, repped and signed? Just out of interest coz these celebrities been making money out of her all year and as far as I am aware she hasn’t paid or represented yet?

    • Real Human says:

      Believe me they have made at least 500million dollars out of this woman this year and she hasn’t been paid a penny.

      • Really bad says:

        When does it change? When does she get paid and signed? As far as I know she hasn’t even got an agent yet. Imagine people making 500 million dollars out of you and you don’t get paid a penny. Now that is very messed up.

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