Alan Cumming Developing 1980s-Set Dark Comedy For Showtime

Showtime is developing a comedy project to star Alan Cumming as colorful New York City restaurateur Florent Morellet.

“Florent” is set in the mid-1980s against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis. Morellet rose to prominence in that era with the popular restaurant Florent that drew a broad range of clientele, from cops to foodies to literati. The eatery helped revitalize the city’s Meatpacking district and became a hub for gay rights and AIDS activists. Morellet was famously open about his own HIV-positive status, posting his T-cell counts on a board alongside the restaurant’s daily specials.

Cumming would be in second position on “Florent” to his gig on CBS’ “The Good Wife,” which this year earned him his third Emmy nomination for the role of political strategist Eli Gold.

Patricia Resnick (“Mad Men”) is writing the script and is exec producing with director Rosemary Rodriguez. Jonathan Baruch and Howard Braunstein are also exec producers. Magic Lantern Pics’ Michael Tive and David Sigal are co-EPs. Cumming would also serve as a producer.

Morellet is on board to help guide the half-hour series. An earlier iteration of the project was in development last year at SundanceTV.

In addition to his “Good Wife” gig, Cumming has been a regular on the legit stage. In March he wrapped a year-long run in the Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” the role that earned him a Tony Award in 1998. He’s repped by CAA.

Resnick is repped by ICM Partners and manager Baruch.

(Pictured: Florent Morellet and Alan Cumming)

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