Universal Cable Prods has acquired the rights to Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award-winning science fiction novel Spin to develop into an event series. The deal marks one of the first project commitments under Dawn Olmstead, who recently joined Universal Cable Prods as EVP Development. Additionally, the studio has signed Bits And Pieces Pictures’ Rob Morrow and Olympus Pictures’ Leslie Urdang to produce. Spin follows 3 childhood friends, who while playing one night, witness the stars in the sky mysteriously vanish. NASA probes reveal a black energy barrier has surrounded the earth and time is traveling a billion times faster outside of the barrier. Civilization learns that it has five years left before the sun expands and consumes the planet. As the children grow, they go their separate ways trying to save the world from annihilation, but with time running out, will their friendship and mankind survive?
“Spin is beloved in the sci-fi world for its dynamic characters and engaging storylines. We’re excited to bring this masterpiece to life with Rob Morrow and the team at Olympus Pictures,” said Olmstead. “It is the type of critically acclaimed material that we’re seeking to continue diversifying UCP’s slate and expand our reach.”
Bits and Pieces Picture Company produces and develops film/tv/digital content. Currently they are working with The Weinstein Company on a new half hour cable series.
Olympus Pictures, run by producing partners Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech, is currently in post-production on the Nikole Beckwith film Stockholm, PA, and pre-production on the feature Family Fang directed by and starring Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman.
Wilson is repped by APA and the McCarthy Agency.