Nine months after the launch of IM Global Television, the TV arm of feature-film financing, production and sales company IM Global, a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA, has set its first development slate under co-founders Stuart Ford and Mark Stern. It includes two literary adaptations, Cat’s Cradle and Darkover, crime drama Den Of Thieves starring Carla Gugino and produced by Kevin Spacey, real-time horror drama Horrorshow and miniseries about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake produced by Martin Campbell. The two high-profile sci-fi titles, Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover, are tapping into Stern’s background as former president of original programming for Syfy.
The acclaimed Cat’s Cradle takes a satirical view of war, religion and scientific advances. The project will be developed with writer/executive producer Brad Yonover and Elkins Entertainment’s Sandi Love who will co-executive produce. “Cat’s Cradle is a true classic, not just in the science fiction genre, but in literature overall,” Stern said. “We couldn’t be more honored or excited to adapt this seminal work for television.”
The studio has also secured the rights to Bradley’s Darkover. Ilene Kahn Power (Traffic) and Elizabeth Stanley will executive produce. The 25-book series, a mix of fantasy and science fiction, is set on the exotic planet of Darkover.
The studio is currently out to buyers with Den Of Thieves, a Noir-ish crime drama starring Carla Gugino, written by Sebastian Gutierrez (Gothika) and executive produced by Trigger Street’s Dana Brunetti and Kevin Spacey. All ten episodes of the first season have been written and Gutierrez is planning to direct.
IM Global Television is also developing a 6-hour mini-series, 1906, that chronicles one of the worst disasters in modern history, the cataclysmic San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. Writer David S. Ward (The Sting) will executive produce with director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and producers Mark R. Harris (Gods & Monsters), Julie Ruthenbeck and Susan Lee Smith. The project is packaged by IPG and CAA.
Also in the works is Horrorshow (working title), a serialized drama that pays homage to the classic horror films of the 70’s and 80’s. The story unfolds in real-time, á la 24, with each episode playing out one hour of an intense night during which a psychopath is loosed upon an unsuspecting town. Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy are writing and will co-executive produce.
Anchorage is a crime procedural based on the true story of Sgt. Kathy Lacey and her experiences as head of the Vice division in Anchorage, Alaska, one of the most dangerous cities in America. Jane Fleming (The Frozen Ground) and Mark Ordesky (The Lord Of The Rings franchise) are onboard as executive producers. Lacey will serve as a consulting producer.
IM Global Television will also distribute Muse Entertainment’s Glint, a character-driven investigative procedural about a forensic team who uses a groundbreaking technology that captures the last thoughts in a murder victim’s brain – the “life flashing before one’s eyes” effect – to solve crimes. Ari Eisner (Invisible) is writing and will co-executive produce. Director Adam Kane (24: Live Another Day) will executive produce with Muse Entertainment’s Michael Prupas (Tut).