Lee to co-exec produce Showtime original

TBS on 'Target' with sequel lensing

Spike Lee is co-exec producing an original movie for Showtime starring Danny Glover, and TBS is about to begin production on “First Target,” a sequel to TBS’s “First Daughter,” the highest-rated cable made-for in 1999.

The Showtime movie, called “3 A.M.,” is a murder mystery set in New York, focusing on the melodramatic lives of three cab drivers. Pam Grier co-stars with Glover, and the writer/director is Lee Davis. Spike Lee’s partner on “3 A.M.” is Sam Kitt, president of Lee’s 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks.

Lee and Kitt produced the successful theatricals “The Best Man” for Universal and the current “Love & Basketball” for New Line. As part of the Showtime deal, Lee and Kitt will have the right to sell “3 A.M.” in a theatrical window before the movie premieres on Showtime.

For “First Target,” TBS has signed Gregory Harrison to repeat his “First Daughter” role as president of the U.S. Also on board from “First Daughter” is Doug Savant, as a heroic river guide who’s the love interest of Daryl Hannah. “First Target” is about the secret service’s attempt to prevent an elaborately plotted assassination attempt on the president. Hannah plays one of the government agents.

“First Target” starts production later this month in Vancouver for an October 2000 air date on TBS. It’s a Mandalay Sports Action Entertainment in association with Lions Gate TV, with Columbia TriStar TV as distributor. Tom Patricia, Jason Hervey and David Salzberg are executive producers. The writers are Chad and Carey Hayes, and the director is Armand Mastroianni.

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