Kurt Andersen and filmmaker Morgan Neville have teamed with Godfrey Dadich Partners to develop an unscripted TV series based on Andersen’s new book “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History.”
The non-fiction tome documents a twisted history of conspiracy theories, national panics, fads and manias — from the Salem witch trials through the present day — that have influenced American culture, as well as the hustlers and charlatans who made them happen.
The project is among the first to come from the entertainment division of design firm Godfrey Dadich Partners, which in June recruited former RadicalMedia exec Dave O’Connor to spearhead production.
“Kurt populates ‘Fantasyland’ with the iconic hucksters and charlatans that built our national identity and brings their stories to life in dramatic and visual fashion. His authorial voice makes these stories play like a movie in your mind’s eye,” O’Connor said.
Neville is the helmer behind the Oscar-winning feature doc “20 Feet From Stardom.” His Tremolo Productions banner is producing with GDP.
“In the book, Kurt helps us understand how we got here, and in the television adaptation, we hope to add to that by exploring the lives of the characters that live in fantasylands all around us today,” Neville said.
Andersen, Neville, O’Connor, Patrick Godfrey and Scott Dadich will executive produce the TV adaptation. Andersen, Neville, and Godfrey Dadich are repped by WME.
“I’ve been really pleased that ‘Fantasyland’ has struck such a chord with so many people. And I’m excited by the prospect of helping to translate its American story to television and reach an even larger audience,” Andersen said.