EXCLUSIVE: In his first foray into TV, former Columbia Pictures chief-turned-producer Matt Tolmach, who produces the upcoming Spider-Man reboot with Avi Arad, has sold a female-driven drama project to CBS with writer Jessica Goldberg (Refuge). Additionally, CBS has bought a drama project with a female lead from the director of the previous 3 Spider-Man movies, Sam Raimi, which is being written by Sarah Thorp (Hawthorne, The Bounty Hunter). Both projects hail from Sony Pictures TV where both Tolmach and Raimi are based through extensions to their Sony pacts on the feature side.
The Matt Tolmach/Jessica Goldberg project is titled Sleepers and centers on a woman who has the gift to save “sleepers,” people who are caught somewhere between life and death. Tolmach, who is executive producing with Goldberg, exited his post as co-president of Columbia Pictures in October 2010 to launch a film production company and take on producing duties for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man movie. As an executive, he shepherded the first 3 films in the franchise. Goldberg, who penned the 2008 ABC pilot The Prince of Motor City, is repped by UTA, which also reps Tolmach in television, and manager Dallas Sonnier. Shepherding Sleepers with Tolmach is his development executive Robert Kessel.
The Sam Raimi/Sarah Thorp project is about a female FBI agent who is placed undercover in a St. Louis homicide unit to solve murders while investigating her own precinct for corruption. Thorp, repped by CAA and Madhouse, is executive producing with CAA-repped Raimi, his producing partner Josh Donen and Eric Roth. Raimi’s TV projects are being overseen by former CBS co-head of drama Robert Zotnowski. With the 2 CBS projects, Sony TV has sold 22 drama projects so far this season.