Rehme Prods. has optioned pic rights to the legit drama “Flyin’ West,” which had a six-week run this year at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Penned by novelist Pearl Cleage, the play is a turn-of-the-century tale of a group of black families who leave oppressive conditions in the South to establish a town in the wilds of Kansas.
The project may wind up as a feature pic or a TV made-for, said topper Robert Rehme, who is also prexy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
“This is a particularly heartfelt historical piece with four extraordinary parts for black actresses ranging in age from their early 20s to 60s,” said Rehme.
Elsewhere on the TV front, Rehme and producer Nick Grillo are at work on two telefilm projects for CBS and A&E.
“Aladdin’s Window,” a military thriller involving a femme naval intelligence officer, in the pipeline at the Eye web. Rehme will co-exec produce with Mace Neufeld.
At A&E, the gumshoe made-for “McNally’s Risk,” based on Lawrence Sanders’ bestselling book series, is being eyed as a regular franchise for the cabler’s mystery program block.
Telepic revolves around the exploits of Archy McNally, the roguish son of a prominent Palm Beach, Fla., attorney who gets drawn into strange investigations on behalf of his father’s tony clientele.
Lensing on “McNally’s Risk” is set to begin in late summer in Palm Beach. Granada TV has the international distribution rights.
According to Grillo, Rehme Prods. is also shepherding TV series and made-for projects at cablers HBO, TNT and Showtime.