EXCLUSIVE: Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Prods. continues a strong selling season with deals at Showtime for The Good Shepherd and at CBS for a family medical drama from TV writer/playwright Diana Son (Law & Order: Criminal Intent). Both projects are produced by CBS TV Studios where Tribeca is under an overall deal. Rosenthal and De Niro executive produce, with Tribeca’s Berry Welsh serving as producer.
Showtime is developing The Good Shepherd, a period drama based on the characters from the 2006 Cold War feature spy thriller directed by De Niro and co-produced by Tribeca. The film’s writer, Oscar winner Eric Roth, will write/exec produce the series adaptation, with De Niro set to direct, the first time the Oscar winner has been attached to direct a Tribeca TV project. The series will follow the family of a CIA operative.
Producers originally planned to do a Good Shepherd feature sequel but opted to pursue pay cable for an opportunity to delve deeper into the characters in a serialized format. The 2006 movie starred Matt Damon as a senior CIA officer, with Angelina Jolie, William Hurt and Alec Baldwin, De Niro co-starring.
This would mark the first series created by CAA-repped Roth in two decades, since the 1992 Fox musical drama The Heights, which he co-created. He spent the last two decades mostly in features, earning four Academy Award writing nominations and winning for Forrest Gump. He is currently an executive producer on Netflix’s House Of Cards and served as co-executive producer on HBO’s Luck.
The untitled Diana Son drama project at CBS explores what happens when a workaholic mom has to balance work and family on her own for the first time. It centers on the chief trauma surgeon at a respected Manhattan hospital who suddenly becomes a single mother when she loses her stay-at-home husband to a fatal accident. She re-evaluates work/life balance by taking over her father-in-law’s venerable Brooklyn brownstone-based family medical practice. Paradigm-repped Son is writing/exec producing. The project reunites her with Tribeca and CBS TV Studios — she served as a co-executive producer on their CBS cop drama NYC 22.
The Good Shepherd and the Diana Son project join Tribeca’s recent sale to CBS of a father/daughter legal drama written by Game Change‘s Danny Strong and to be directed by The Fighter‘ David O. Russell. The company is repped by CAA.