Press release from First Look Media, Aug. 17, 2017:
Building off its impressive roster of feature films and documentaries, First Look Media’s Topic studio today announced an ambitious development slate for scripted television series. Upcoming projects include: a contemporary global thriller “HUNGER,” written by Alex Garcia Lopez (Utopia, Walking Dead); “TRYING,” a half-hour dramedy written by Erin Foley-Chan (The President Show) and executive produced by Daniel Powell (Inside Amy Schumer); “COMPANY 8,” a new hour-long drama executive produced by Channing Tatum’s production company Free Association; and two previously announced hour-long dramas with new writers attached, “GOLD FAME CITRUS,” with Jack Paglen (Alien: Covenant) set to write and “THE APOTHECARY,” based on the bestselling trilogy by Maile Meloy, written by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett (Madeline, Wimbledon). These projects are the first round of scripted television under development at the newly branded Topic studio, with additional works to be announced.
“This past year, we’ve looked for great writers and exceptional material that reflects the state of the world, even if that’s indirectly,” said Adam Pincus, EVP of Programming & Development for First Look Media. “Television is clearly a place for the kind of ambitious storytelling we gravitate to, and we’re excited about this slate and all the projects we have coming.”
“HUNGER” is a geopolitical thriller about the powerful, covert and dangerous business of the global food industry. With nods to Traffic and The Night Manager, the hour-long series promises to be a provocative, uncompromising and international drama exposing an urgent and imminent crisis relatively unknown to the world.
“TRYING,” part of a first look deal with executive producer Daniel Powell, is a half hour comedy following Erin Foley-Chan, a chronic people-pleaser who can’t resist helping everyone around her. When told that she is infertile and cannot have a child without arduous treatments, she’s forced to deal with her own problems — for once.
“COMPANY 8,” based on Matthew Pearl’s non-fiction article from “The Atavist,” tracks Willard Sears and his shoddy team of derelict young firefighters in 1800s Boston, who would later build the future of the United States Fire Department. Andrew Schneider of Free Association is Executive Producing and will oversee the project for Free Association. The company is currently meeting with potential writers for the project.
“GOLD FAME CITRUS,” based on the critically acclaimed novel by Claire Vaye Watkins, is a dystopian thriller set amidst a massive drought that has turned residents of the Southwest US into refugees. While some stayed behind, others now live as scavengers, seeking a better tomorrow.
“THE APOTHECARY,” based on the bestselling trilogy “The Apothecary” by Maile Meloy, takes place in 1952 during the Cold War, when 14-year old Janie and her family moved from Los Angeles to London. After the local apothecary, who is also the father of Janie’s new friend, Benjamin, is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of his father’s abilities as they embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary — and the world — from impending disaster.
Topic is also executive producing and co-financing several films in various stages of development and production including: On the Other Side, currently in development, with Carey Mulligan attached; Academy Award® nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto’s (Silence) directorial debut of Bastard, with Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff of Sikelia Productions, and producer Jordan Horowitz (La La Land) of Original Headquarters; My Abandonment directed by Academy Award®® nominee Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone, Down to the Bone) and starring Ben Foster (Hell or High Water, The Messenger)which recently completed production; Roman Israel, Esq, a feature film directed and written by Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) and starring multiple Academy Award® winning actor Denzel Washington (Fences, Training Day) and Colin Farrell (The Lobster, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them); the documentary Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, directed by Brian Knappenberger on Netflix; and Risk, the documentary from Academy Award® winner Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, which recently premiered on Showtime.