A correction was made to this article on Jan. 12, 2004.
CBS is back in business with the creative team behind “The Reagans,” pacting with Storyline Entertainment and Sony for a two-hour telepic about the Houston woman who murdered her husband by running him over with a Mercedes.
Eye has given a cast-contingent greenlight to the tentatively titled “Suburban Madness,” with scribe Kimberlee Reed set to tell the story of how Texas dentist Clara Harris ending up killing her unfaithful spouse. Storyline’s Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will exec produce via their overall deal at Sony Pictures TV.
Pic is the first CBS/Storyline collaboration since last fall’s firestorm of controversy over “The Reagans,” which Storyline and Sony produced for CBS.
“After a year that included ‘Chicago’ and ‘The Reagans,’ we are happy to be back working with Les Moonves and CBS on a new film in the new year,” Zadan and Meron said in a statement Friday. “We have some very good ideas how to distinguish this film from the pack, and we look forward to be collaborating with (SPT longform topper) Helen Verno and our team at Sony Pictures Television.”
In the wake of the “Reagans” ruckus, CBS chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves made clear that he would have no problem working with Zadan and Meron again.
“They’ve done terrific biographies for us and other networks,” he told Daily Variety in November. “They’re terrific executive producers.”
“Suburban Madness” will look at the events that led up to the fateful night in July 2002 on which Harris repeatedly drove over her orthodontist husband. It’s expected the pic will try to go beyond the usual true-crime drama and strive for the creativity of HBO’s “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom.”
Harris was sentenced to 20 years in prison after her conviction last year, with jurors deciding she had acted in the heat of the moment when she killed David Harris.