EXCLUSIVE: Temple Hill, producer of the hugely successful Twilight movie series, is making a big move in television, signing a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. This is the first TV pact for Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen’s Temple Hill, which will mark its fifth anniversary in February. Under the deal, Temple Hill will be developing and producing series projects for ABC Studios. First off is a contemporary re-imagening of Alexandre Dumas, pere’s The Count of Monte Cristo. Swingtown creator Mike Kelley is writing the project, which explores the classic tale from a female perspective and chronicles the story of a mysterious young woman who comes to the Hamptons to exact revenge on the people who destroyed her family. Kelley, Godfrey and Bowen are executive producing. In addition to the untitled Mike Kelley project, Godfrey and Bowen have another series adaptation of a classic literary work set up at ABC and ABC Studios, Romeo & Juliet. The project, set in Renaissance Verona, is being written/executive produced by World Trade Center scribe Andrea Berloff and executive produced by Godfrey, Bowen, Sean Robins and Todd Garner, with Catherine Hardwicke eying to direct. Outside of the ABC Studios deal, Temple Hill has Garden Spells, a drama from L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, set up at the CW.
After launching Temple Hill in 2006, veteran producer Wyck Godfrey and former UTA partner Marty Bowen landed a deal with New Line Cinema that led to their first movie, the Hardwicke-directed The Nativity Story. It was followed by indie comedy Management starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn, romantic drama Dear John and the blockbuster Twilight franchise it is producing with Summit Entertainment: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and the upcoming Breaking Dawn. Temple Hill is repped by WME, Kelley is with CAA.