×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

NBC TCA: Zachary Levi Joins ‘Heroes Reborn’; ‘Freedom Run’ Miniseries, Broadway Show in Works

NBC has set Zachary Levi to star in its limited series reboot “Heroes Reborn.”

NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt on Friday also announced plans to develop an eight-hour miniseries, “Freedom Run,” revolving around the Underground Railroad. At the same time, NBC and Universal’s legit arm, which Greenblatt oversees, are working on a Broadway musical adaptation of “Freedom Run” with Stevie Wonder working on the score.

“Freedom Run” is based on the book “Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad” by Betty DeRamus. Producers B. Swibel, Adam Westbrook and Charles Randolph-Wright brought the project to NBC with the idea of doing a dramatic miniseries and a Broadway music adaptation with Wonder penning the tunes. Swibel, Westbrook and Randolph-Wright will exec produce with Tara Smith, Brian LaRoda and Wonder.

Greenblatt also disclosed that NBC has licensed the rights to musical “The Wiz” as a prospect for this year’s annual live tuner, following 2013’s “Sound of Music” and last year’s “Peter Pan.” Greenblatt said the 2015 entry will either be “Wiz” or “Music Man.”

NBC also has a development deal with Dolly Parton, Sam Haskell’s Magnolia Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV to work up a series of TV movies based on her large catalog of songs. The telepics will not be tuners per se but will feature Parton songs. Parton previously worked with Greenblatt when he produced the Broadway rendition of “9 to 5.”

Greenblatt also confirmed the Peacock has a series deal with Eva Longoria to star in and produce a half-hour comedy set behind the scenes of a telenovela.

The “Freedom Run” stage musical is being developed by Smith’s Triptyk Studios, LaRoda and Universal Stage Prods. (“Wicked”), with Wonder writing the score and Swibel, Westbrook and Randolph-Wright penning the book.

 

More to come

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Breaking Bad Movie

    'Breaking Bad' Movie: Watch the First Teaser for 'El Camino'

    In case you hadn’t heard, Emmy-winning drama “Breaking Bad” is cooking up a movie sequel. On Saturday, after details of Netflix’s project quietly leaked online, the streaming giant issued the first teaser for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” which will be released on October 11. Starring Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, the “Breaking Bad” [...]

  • Breaking Bad

    'Breaking Bad' Movie Release Date, Title and Plot Revealed

    The “Breaking Bad” movie is coming to Netflix sooner than you might think. The film, titled “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” is now set to be released on Netflix on Oct. 11, according to a report from the New York Times, with Aaron Paul returning as the series’ popular meth cook Jesse Pinkman. Jesse [...]

  • Laurence FishburneNational Memorial Day Concert Dress

    Laurence Fishburne to Produce 'Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur' Series for Disney Channel

    Laurence Fishburne is stepping into the animation game. The “Matrix” star is set to executive produce “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” an animated series which has been given the greenlight at Disney Channel. Based on Marvel’s comic book series, the show hails from from Disney Television Animation and follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius [...]

  • Aracne

    Chile’s Sanfic, Mexico’s Morbido Fest Pact to Promote Latino Horror (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mexican horror festival Morbido and Chile’s Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic) have agreed on a long-term collaboration intended to strengthen the genre film industry in Chile and across Latin America. This partnership will see Morbido representatives attend the Sanfic industry section each year to aid in the promotion of horror projects and advise those projects [...]

  • 'The Simpsons' Producers on Disney, Spinoffs

    'The Simpsons' Producers Talk Potential Disney Spinoffs, Confirm Apu Will Remain

    “The Simpsons” has never shied away from lampooning Disney over the years, but maybe that’s no longer the case. Homer, Marge and co. are of course now part of the Disney family and made their first appearance at the Mouse House’s D23 Expo convention, where the show’s producers were asked plenty of questions about what [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content