Scribe Zach Helm (“Stranger Than Fiction”) is pushing into television, setting up a one-hour drama project at ABC.
Helm and producing partner Jim Garavente are behind “Rockville 2020,” which they’ll produce via their Gang of Two banner in association with ABC Studios. Project stems from a blind script commitment the Alphabet made to Helm earlier this year.
“Rockville” will tell the story of a midsize town in Oregon “that is quickly becoming irrelevant,” Helm said.
“Their mayor decides to do something drastic to change the town, and that’s trying to get them a bid for the 2020 Olympics.”
In addition to exploring the town’s characters, skein will also examine a larger theological mystery.
Helm’s developed a couple of pilot scripts over the past years but has largely focused on film.
His directorial debut, the Dustin Hoffman-Natalie Portman starrer “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” opens next month. He’s in talks to direct his script “The Disassociate” for Warner Independent.
Helm also wrote a play, “Good Canary,” that’s currently being staged at Theatre Comedia in Paris.