Apple TV+ has given an eight-episode series order to a one-hour drama inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton’s unfinished final novel The Buccaneers, with Kristine Froseth (The Assistant), Alisha Boe (When You Finish Saving The World), Josie Totah (Saved by the Bell), Aubri Ibrag (Dive Club), Imogen Waterhouse (The Outpost) and Mia Threapleton (Shadows) cast as the buccaneers.
Written by series creator Katherine Jakeways (Tracey Ullman’s Show, Where This Service Will Terminate) and directed by BAFTA winner Susanna White (Bleak House, Jane Eyre, Generation Kill), the as-yet untitled series is currently in production in Scotland.
The official logline: Girls with money, men with power. New money, old secrets. A group of fun-loving young American girls explode into the tightly corseted London season of the 1870s, kicking off an Anglo-American culture clash as the land of the stiff upper lip is infiltrated by a refreshing disregard for centuries of tradition. Sent to secure husbands and titles, the buccaneers’ hearts are set on much more than that, and saying ‘I do’ is just the beginning.
Froseth plays buccaneer Nan St. George, Boe is Conchita Closson, Totah portrays Mabel Elmsworth, along with Ibrag as Lizzy Elmsworth, Waterhouse as Jinny St. George and Threapleton as Honoria Marable.
Dunham will also star in her first movie in 11 years that explores female sexuality and recently wrapped production in Los Angeles.
Lena Dunham has just wrapped production in Los Angeles on Sharp Stick for FilmNation Entertainment.
Her first movie since Tiny Furniture 11 years ago, Dunham will star alongside Kristine Froseth, Taylour Paige, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jon Bernthal and Scott Speedman. Plot details for Sharp Stick are being kept under wraps, but the project returns Dunham to the familiar creative turf of female sexuality and portrayals.
“This story is incredibly personal to me and a continuation of my career long mission to create a free dialogue around the complexities of female sexuality and to turn the idea of the ‘likable’ female protagonist on its head – and you can’t do that in this business on any scale larger than your mother’s living room without forward thinking partners. I feel very lucky,” Dunham said in a statement.
Sharp Stick is written and directed by Dunham and produced under her company, Good Thing Going. The film, shot amid the pandemic, had a crew led by mostly female department heads.
FilmNation Entertainment financed the film, which is being introduced to buyers at the virtual Berlin market, and holds worldwide rights. Producers include Kevin Turen, Katia Washington, Michael P. Cohen and Dunham.
The film is executive produced by Kenneth Yu, Will Greenfield, Glen Basner, Ben Browning, Harrison Kreiss, Paige and Bernthal.
The upcoming Showtime series “The First Lady” has cast Kristine Froseth and Jayme Lawson, Variety has learned exclusively.
The pair join previously announced series stars Viola Davis and Michelle Pfeiffer, who will play Michelle Obama and Betty Ford respectively. Formerly known as “First Ladies,” the show is described as a reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House. The first season of the series will also explore the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, with that role yet to be cast. It will be produced by Lionsgate Television and Showtime.
Froseth will play a young Ford as she trains as a dancer for Martha Graham in New York City, and into her 20s in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she worked for Herpolsheimer’s Department Store and eventually married Gerald Ford. Froseth will recur in three episodes.
role in the upcoming Amazon film “Birds of Paradise.”
She is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, and Hansen Jacobson.
Lawson made her feature film debut in “Farewell Amor” in 2020. She is next set to appear in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman.” She was named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch in 2020.
She is repped by UTA and Gang Tyre.
“The First Lady” is written and executive produced by Aaron Cooley. Davis is also executive producing along with Julius Tennon and Andrew Wang of JuVee Productions. Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment executive produces along with Jeff Gaspin via Gaspin Media, and Brad Kaplan of LINK Entertainment. Susanne Bier is attached to direct and executive produce.
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has reversed its Season 2 renewal decision for The Society. The YA drama, whose production was impacted by COVID-19, has been canceled and won’t film a second season. Additionally, Netflix has opted not to proceed with a second season of another coming-of-age series, I Am Not Okay With This.
While there had been no official renewal, I hear comedy-drama I Am Not Okay With This had been quietly picked up for a second season, scripts were written, and it was fully on track to go into production.
The Society was renewed last summer for a second season, which had been slated to premiere in late 2020. I hear the delayed season had been eyeing potential start of filming next month.
According to sources, uncertainty around production dates and balancing the availabilities of a large cast like The Society, coupled with unexpected budget increases due to COVID led to the decisions on The Society and I Am Not Okay With This, which had been both well received by critics and fans and had strong support at Netflix.
“We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with second seasons of The Society and I Am Not Okay With This,” Netflix said in a statement to Deadline. “We’re disappointed to have to make these decisions due to circumstances created by COVID, and we are grateful to these creators, including: Jonathan Entwistle, Christy Hall, Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry at 21 Laps Entertainment for I Am Not Okay With This; Chris Keyser, Marc Webb and Pavlina Hatoupis for The Society; and all the writers, casts and crews who worked tirelessly to make these shows for our members around the world.”
This is something we will likely see more of as the months-long Hollywood shutdown due to the pandemic will create a logjam when trying to ease all series impacted by the shutdown back into production while mitigating higher production costs due to strict COVID-19 safety protocols and losses from the pandemic. Streamers and tech companies in general have been better positioned than traditional media companies in navigating the financial impact from the pandemic.
Created by Chris Keyser and starring Kathryn Newton, The Society is described as a modern take on Lord of the Flies. It follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town without any trace of their parents. Their newfound freedom will be fun… but it will also be very dangerous. As they struggle to figure out what has happened to them and how to get home, they must establish order and form alliances if they want to survive.
Cast includes Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon, Sean Berdy, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Jacques Colimon, Olivia DeJonge, Alex Fitzalan, Grace Victoria Cox, Emilio Garcia Sanchez and Olivia Nikkanen. Showrunner Keyser executive produces alongside Marc Webb.
Co-created by Jonathan Entwistle and Christy Hall based on the Charles Forsman graphic novel, I Am Not Okay With This is written by Hall and directed by Entwistle. It is about a teenage girl navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, all the while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and… mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken from deep within her.
Entwistle and Hall executive produce with 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry.
EXCLUSIVE: James Schamus has committed to direct College Republicans, a fact-inspired Dirty Rotten Scoundrels-style coming of age story about top Republican operatives. Logan Lerman has been set to star as a young Lee Atwater, Asa Butterfield as Karl Rove and Kristine Froseth to play Kate King — a composite character who threatens their dreams of glory.
Wes Jones, a writer/producer in the early seasons of Billions, wrote the script that has first made itself known when it topped the Black List in 2010. Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman, The Black List’s Franklin Leonard, Symbolic Exchange’s Schamus and Likely Story’s Peter Cron are producing. Jones and Ken Freimann are exec producers.
Production will begin next spring or summer and the financing and distribution are mobilizing, with CAA Media Finance arranging the financing and repping distribution rights. The film is set in the Summer of 1973, as America witnesses the dirtiest election in its history – for the chairmanship of the national College Republicans club. Young Karl Rove embarks with his not-to-be-trusted campaign manager Lee Atwater on a backroom vote-getting – and vote-stealing – road trip through the South. Among the future Republican titans they form uneasy alliances with — and betray whenever convenient — include Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Jeff Sessions. But when Atwater meets his duplicitous match in a beautiful young Republican operative, their dreams of victory bring them all too close to humiliating, career-ending defeat.
The film is based on Jones’s meticulous research, and tells the darkly comic origin story of the modern GOP and the young opportunists who ended up, years later, reshaping the political landscape. Whether for better or worse depends on your own political leanings.
Schamus told Deadline he had long been interested in the script and when it came back around, he looked carefully at the writer’s research, and realized that composite names for some of the key Republicans were now relevant. They were restored. “They were nobodies, but then you realize, that’s Paul Manafort? Roger Stone? Put those names back in,” he said.
Celebrated for writing The Ice Storm, producing Brokeback Mountain and serving as CEO of Focus Features and co-founder of Good Machine, Schamus made his directorial debut on Indignation. An adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, the film starred Lerman and it premiered at Sundance in 2016 and was released by Roadside Attractions. His Symbolic Exchange separately produced the indie films Driveways, Adam and The Assistant, latter of which Froseth co-starred in.