A drama series based on the life of celebrity chef Julia Child is near a pilot order at HBO Max, Variety has learned from sources.
Joan Cusack is near a deal to star as Child. Daniel Goldfarb is attached to write and executive produce, with Christopher Keyser set to executive produce. Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment will produce.
HBO Max declined to comment.
Keyser is currently one of three co-chairs of the Writers Guild of America’s Agency Agreement Negotiating Committee and the former president of the WGA West. The WGA is currently engaged in a standoff with the major talent agencies over packaging fees and so-called affiliated production entities, but sources say that the Child project has been in the works long before the standoff began and the WGA adopted its new code of conduct banning such fees. The project was packaged by CAA, while Variety previously reported that Keyser is also shopping a series co-produced by Endeavor Content, which is owned by the parent company of WME. That show, “State of Affairs,” was also in the works prior to the beginning of the current standoff.
Cusack has appeared on a number of TV shows in recent years, including “Shameless” and “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” She is primarily known for her film roles, recently starring in shows such as the “Toy Story” franchise, “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” “The End of the Tour,” “Welcome to Me,” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
She is repped by WME.