Variety, TVWeek

Jeff Daniels Series Greenlighted

Jul 31, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A series starring and executive produced by two-time Emmy winner Jeff Daniels received a straight-to-series order from Showtime. Variety reports that the pay-cable channel is moving forward with “Rust,” based on the Philipp Meyer novel “American Rust.”

“Now simply titled ‘Rust,’ the show is described as a family drama that will explore the tattered American dream through the eyes of complicated and compromised chief of police Del Harris (Daniels) in a Rust Belt town in southwest Pennsylvania,” Variety reports. “When the woman he truly loves sees her son accused of murder, Harris is forced to decide what he’s willing to do to protect him.”

Variety notes that an “American Rust” series was in the works at USA Network back in 2017, but that project eventually fell apart when the producers failed to come up with a major star for the lead.

“Dan Futterman will write multiple episodes and executive produce along with Daniels,” Variety adds. “The pair previously collaborated on the 2018 Hulu miniseries ‘The Looming Tower,’ which received four Emmy nominations last year, including one for best actor in a limited series for Daniels. Michael De Luca will also executive produce along with Elisa Ellis from Platform One Media, which is co-producing the series along with Showtime.”

Daniels won Emmys in 2013 for “The Newsroom” and in 2018 for “Godless.”

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