NEWS - THINGS THEY LEFT BEHIND
Also on the busy man’s plate… an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Things They Left Behind with Greg Berlanti for CBS
Published as part of the collection Transgressions: Volume Two, King’s original tale follows a 9/11 survivor plagued by guilt. One day, objects belonging to his deceased former co-workers start showing up at his house. Unable to get rid of him, he enlists the help of his neighbor to return them to the families of the dead.
CBS’ adaptation seems to retain the same basic premise, as TV Line describes The Things They Left Behind as a supernatural procedural drama about “an unlikely pair of investigators carrying out the unfinished business of the dead.”
The network has given a put pilot commitment to The Things They Left Behind, meaning they’ll owe producer Warner Bros. TV a lot of money if the pilot never airs. In other words, it’s all but guaranteed that CBS will pick up the series.
In addition to writing the script, Grahame-Smith will executive produce along with David Katzenberg, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter. TV vet Berlanti’s credits include The CW’s Arrow and The Flash. Additionally, it was announced last week that he was developing a Supergirl TV series.
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In a competitive situation, CBS has landed The Things They Left Behind, a supernatural procedural drama based on Stephen King’s short story, from Seth Grahame-Smith, and Greg Berlanti. The project, produced by Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Prods., has received a put pilot from the network, which has had success with another drama adaptation of a work by King, summer series Under The Dome. Written by Grahame-Smith, The Things They Left Behind centers on an unlikely pair of investigators carrying out the unfinished business of the dead. Grahame-Smith and his producing partner David Katzenberg will executive produce through their KatzSmith banner, along with Berlanti Prods.’ Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.
What do you think, will this be something you'll be watching?
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In the 12 months since Reliance Big Entertainment, the flagship media and entertainment arm of Indian conglomerate, Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG), first introduced its innovative development/production financing deals, called Creative Partnerships, more than twenty individual projects have been approved.
The initial seven deals, with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Films, Jim Carrey's JC 23 Entertainment, George Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures, Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions, Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment, and Jay Roach's Everyman Pictures, were announced during the Cannes Film Festival 2008 by Reliance Big Entertainment Chairman Amit Khanna and President Rajesh Sawhney. These were followed by deals with Julia Roberts' Red Om Films and Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment.
Among the highlights of the development slate are:
Saturn Films: VOODOO CHILD with writer John Collee.
JC 23 Entertainment: O'GUNN with writers Ed Cannistraci and Fred Seton.
1492 Pictures: THINGS THEY LEFT BEHIND, the Stephen King short story about 9/11 survivors, has been optioned. As has Thurston Clarke's book, 'The Last Campaign', and David Dorfman's script, 'It's A Miserable Life'. Rat Entertainment: YOUNGBLOOD based on Rob Liefeld's iconic graphic novel, INFINITY with writer John Collee; and JOHN DELOREAN PROJECT with James Toback Red Om Films: DAN ELDON PROJECT.
Thanks to Bev Vincent