FOX eyes O.J. Simpson trial, 'Shogun' remake for event series development
'Wayward Pines' and 'Blood Brothers' are also in contention
Follow HitFix: Follow @hitfix
FOX announced on Wednesday (March 20) that it has started development on two long-form projects, one focused on O.J. Simpson's murder trial and the other based upon the landmark James Clavell novel "Shogun."
The "Shogun" project and "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson" join the previously announced "Wayward Pines" and "Blood Brothers" on FOX's development slate for upcoming "event series" productions.
"These are both epic stories -- one fiction, one fact -- that have captivated millions of people worldwide. They’re riveting and emotional, with unique historic backdrops that lend themselves to the high-quality, dramatic event series we’re looking to make," blurbs Shana C. Waterman, Senior Vice President, Event Series & Multi-Platform Programming, Fox Broadcasting Company. "Since we announced our first two projects, 'Wayward Pines' and 'Blood Brothers,' we’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response from the creative community, and we’re ecstatic to have feature talent like Michael DeLuca, Nigel Williams, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson working to bring these stories to life at FOX."
"Shogun" is, of course, set in 17th Century feudal Japan and focuses on a British soldier who rises to become a samurai. Michael De Luca and Nigel Williams are attached as producers on the project, which was previously adapted as an Emmy-winning 1980 miniseries featuring Richard Chamberlain.
The O.J. Simpson project will be based on Jeffrey Toobin's best-seller and will be produced by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewsk ("Ed Wood," "Man on the Moon" will adapt. You may recall that FOX was in the O.J. Simpson business back in 2006 for the two-night semi-confessional special "If I Did It, Here's How It Happened," which was yanked before airing amidst widespread protest.
FOX will make a determination on the fate of these various event series hopefuls later this year, with the selected series expected to debut in 2014.
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
Looking for something to watch?
Let Streaming Genie help you.
Let Streaming Genie help you.