February 15, 2010

Kathryn Bigelow chooses her next project!

Well, it's a pilot for an HBO show, surprisingly (though, as the article states, it's becoming a trend lately). Here's the story from The Hollywood Reporter:

HBO has snagged the hottest film director at the moment, Oscar nominee for "The Hurt Locker" Kathryn Bigelow.

Bigelow has come on board to direct "The Miraculous Year," a drama pilot by top feature writer John Logan.

Logan created and wrote "The Miraculous Year," an examination of a New York family as seen through the lens of a charismatic, self-destructive Broadway composer.

Logan, who is executive producing with Bigelow and Lydia Pilcher, has a theater background. He started off as a playwright before his first screenplay, "Any Given Sunday," got the attention of Oliver Stone.

"Miraculous Year" has been given a pilot order, with filming eyed to begin in May-June.

Bigelow has rarely ventured to television. Her resume includes directing three episodes of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," including the two-part sixth-season finale, and an episode of ABC's underrated "Karen Sisco."

"Miraculous Year," a light family drama with a flamboyant character at the center, marks Bigelow's first pilot and also a major departure for the director known mostly for gritty fare such as "Strange Days" or "K-19: The Widowmaker."

Bigelow recently became the first woman to ever win a DGA Award. She has picked up more than a dozen major directing prizes for her work on "Hurt Locker." In addition to being a frontrunner for the directing Oscar next month, Bigelow is also part of the Iraq war drama's producing team that won the PGA Award and is up for a best picture Oscar.

Logan previously collaborated with HBO on the Orson Welles telepic "RKO 281," which he wrote.

He has earned two original screenplay Oscar nominations, for "The Aviator" and "Gladiator."

His writing credits also include "The Last Samurai," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" and a second collaboration with director Martin Scorsese following "The Aviator," the upcoming "The Invention of Hugo Cabret."

"Miraculous Year" is the latest in a string of series projects with marquee feature auspices HBO has put in the development in the past several months.

The list includes "Luck," a horse racing drama pilot directed by Michael Mann, an aid-workers drama project starring Maria Bello, written by Simon Beaufoy and produced by Bello, Beaufoy and Russell Crowe; a crime drama produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron; and a groupie comedy starring Zooey Deschanel.

Additionally, Scorsese directed the pilot of HBO's upcoming drama series "Boardwalk Empire," which he executive produces.


1 comment:

  1. I like the influx of movie talent towards TV, makes for some more balance...