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MGM Sets Overall Deal With Davey Holmes, Develops Hunter S. Thompson Bio Series

MGM Television is developing a series based on the life of famed journalist Hunter S. Thompson as part of an overall deal the studio has inked with “Get Shorty” showrunner Davey Holmes.

Bob Nelson (“Nebraska”) is writing the Thompson project, with Holmes set to serve as showrunner if the project moves forward. The project is described as an “authorized” look at Thompson, the influential journalist known for his immersive first-person accounts of the 1972 presidential election and other colorful subjects.

Thompson committed suicide in 2005 at the age of 67 as he battled failing health.

Holmes was most recently at the helm of MGM TV’s drama “Get Shorty,” which was renewed for a second season by Epix.

“As we look to the future of MGM Television, it is imperative that we forge long-term relationships with creators who have an eye for dynamic storytelling,” said MGM TV and Digital chief Mark Burnett. “Davey is tremendously talented and has demonstrated that he can deliver quality programming that will resonate with viewers.”

Steve Stark, president of production and development for MGM TV, said Holmes had been “a joy” to work with on “Get Shorty,” the adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel.

Holmes’ past TV work includes Showtime’s “Shameless,” HBO’s “In Treatment” and FX’s “Damages.” He credited MGM TV’s roster of distinctive shows including the Emmy-winning “Handmaid’s Tale” and “Fargo” for his decision to plant his flag at the Lion under an overall deal.

“I can’t say enough about the intelligence, daring creativity and overall support MGM has brought to our collaboration,” Holmes said.

(Pictured: Hunter S. Thompson)

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