EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, writer-producer Michael Green has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The rich seven-figure pact is for development only, and will focus on cable as much as broadcast. Green will work with 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff on projects, which the two will executive produce together. The deal comes on the heels of a development deal Green had with 20th TV, which resulted in Gotham. The supernatural procedural, about a female cop who discovers a magical world that exists within New York City, went to pilot at ABC, which landed Francis Lawrence as director. The project got very close to a series order, with ABC extending the pickup conversations with 20th TV beyond the upfronts, but ultimately a deal couldn’t be reached. “Michael delivered a fantastic pilot for us in Gotham, and we knew we wanted to stay in business with him exclusively going forward,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “He has an incredible talent for creating new worlds, which are richly inventive and yet undeniably accessible at the same time. He’s one of the most sought-after writers in both features and TV, and his projects always attract the best talent.”
Before creating Gotham, Green rewrote and then served as showrunner of ABC’s horror drama series The River. He also created and executive produced the NBC contemporary drama with biblical themes Kings, whose pilot also was directed by Lawrence. Green, repped by WME, 3 Arts and attorney Patti Felker, also worked on Heroes, Everwood and Smallville. On the feature side, he co-wrote Green Lantern, did a rewrite on the Fantastic Four reboot and currently is rewriting his Gods And Kings script at Warner Bros, which has Steven Spielberg circling to direct.