EXCLUSIVE: Director-producer R. J. Cutler has signed a first-look development deal with CBS Television Studios for scripted projects. The deal formalizes Cutler’s relationship with the studio where he has worked on several projects, including directing last season’s drama pilot The Ordained. “We’ve had such a great time developing material over the past couple of years that it just seemed a natural transition to make CBS Studios my scripted television home,” Cutler said. “Can’t wait to get started on creating a new series together.”
Cutler most recently had a first-look deal at Lionsgate TV, where he executive produces the studio’s sophomore ABC drama Nashville (whose pilot he also directed). Cutler will continue as EP on the series if it is renewed for a third season, as expected. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker (The War Room) and Emmy-winning television producer (American High) also has a first-look deal at Showtime for documentaries. He directed the The World According To Dick Cheney for the premium cable network. Cutler, repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment and HJTHN, is currently in post-production on his feature film directorial debut If I Stay starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley and Mireille Enos for Dinovi pictures, MGM and Warner Bros. Written by Shauna Cross based on the book by Gayle Forman, the film will be released on August 22.