EXCLUSIVE: Writer Sascha Penn has landed 2 premium script deals: one at Fox for Unknown, a drama with Brett Ratner attached to executive produce, and one at the CW for Confessions of a Back-Up Dancer with Marcos Siega attached to direct and produce. The CW pact is now being finalized.
Unknown is described as an action series in the vein of The Fugitive that follows a man on a journey to discover who he really is. Penn wrote it on spec, which Martha Haight, president of Rat TV, took to Bert Salke, the recently appointed president of 20th TV’s division Fox21. Fox21 is producing the Fox project, which is eyed to film abroad, possibly in China. Ratner is executive producing with Penn serving as co-exec producer.
Confessions of a Back-Up Dancer, from Warner Bros. TV and Alloy Entertainment, is an adaptation of Alloy’s young adult novel by Tucker Shaw. Penn is writing the project, which explores the glamorous and gritty behind-the-scenes world of a major pop tour from the point of view of the star’s troupe of backing dancers. The show’s producing team includes Alloy’s Les Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo, Penn and Siega. This is the second consecutive year that CW, Warner Bros. and Alloy are developing a series adaptation of Confessions. Last year, it was written by The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken and didn’t go to pilot. Siega, who directed the pilot for CW’s Vampire Diaries and was a producer on the show’s first season, now serves as co-executive producer/director on the new NBC drama series Outlaw. Penn wrote two pilot scripts in the past couple of seasons, both with Doug Liman and Dutch Oven on board. On the feature side, last year he sold the feature sci-fi prison break spec The Ditch to Warner Bros. with Madhouse Entertainment producing. Penn and Ratner are repped by CAA. Penn is managed by Madhouse. Siega is with Gersh.