Robert De Niro to Direct His First TV Show. It'll Be Written by Oscar Winner Eric Roth ('Forrest Gump'). De Niro's Tribeca Prods. Also Has a New Project at CBS Deadline.com
Robert De Niro, who has won two Oscars for acting ("Raging Bull," "The Godfather, Part 2"), and who has directed two movies ("A Bronx Tale" in 1993 and "The Good Shepherd" in 2006), will direct his first TV project, our friend Nellie Andreeva reports in an exclusive story for Deadline.com.
De Niro will direct a TV version of "The Good Shepherd," which will air as a series on pay cabler Showtime, which is owned by CBS Corp. Eric Roth, who wrote the screenplay for the movie version of "The Good Shepherd," "will write/exec produce the series adaptation," Andreeva writes, adding, "The series will follow the family of a CIA operative."
The story notes, "This would mark the first series created by CAA-repped Roth in two decades, since the 1992 Fox musical drama 'The Heights,' which he co-created. He spent the last two decades mostly in features, earning four Academy Award writing nominations and winning for 'Forrest Gump.' He is currently an executive producer on Netflix’s 'House Of Cards' and served as co-executive producer on HBO’s 'Luck.' "
De Niro, who runs Tribeca Prods. with Jane Rosenthal, is also developing for the CBS network "a family medical drama from TV writer/playwright Diana Son ('Law & Order: Criminal Intent'). Both projects are produced by CBS TV Studios, where Tribeca is under an overall deal. Rosenthal and De Niro executive produce, with Tribeca’s Berry Welsh serving as producer," Andreeva writes. The CBS drama is currently untitled.
Both of these projects "join Tribeca’s recent sale to CBS of a father/daughter legal drama written by 'Game Change‘s' Danny Strong and to be directed by 'The Fighter‘s' David O. Russell," the story says.