Hulu has opted not to move forward with two projects that were in the works as part the streamer’s effort to bring the “Grisham Universe” to television. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the decision was made to scrap the John Grisham projects “The Rainmaker” and “Rogue Lawyer.”
Michael Seitzman and Jason Richman had been set to oversee both productions.
“Announced in December, Hulu was teaming with ABC Signature to develop ‘The Grisham Universe,’ a format that was poised to start with two scripted series — ‘The Rainmaker’ and ‘Rogue Lawyer’ — that would share one storyline with the potential to grow the franchise with other shows,” THR notes.
The project was reportedly in the development stage, with one writers room working on both productions. Seitzman and Richman were on board as writers and executive producers on both potential series, with Grisham and Christina Davis, of Seitzman’s Maniac Productions, also set to executive produce.
“‘The Grisham Universe’ was to begin with ‘The Rainmaker’ and ‘Rogue Lawyer’ and combine them to create what ABC Signature called something ‘wholly original’: two books, two shows, one shared storyline,” THR adds. “The two series were to be independent of one another but feature intersecting storylines that create a new template uniquely designed for Hulu’s platform.”