Florent, Alan Cumming’s passion project about colorful New York restaurateur florent1Florent Morellet, has found a new home. I’ve learned that Showtime has put in development the half-hour dark comedy project starring The Good Wife standout Cumming in the title role, written by Patricia Resnick (Mad Men, Nine To Five) and directed by The Good Wife‘s Rosemary Rodriguez. The trio originally set up the project at Sundance Channel last year.

For Cumming, FlorShowtime Logoent is in second position to The Good Wife. Cumming, who started on the CBS drama as a recurring, has a year-to-year contract that gets renewed every season. If Florent goes to series, I hear Cumming would segue to it after he is done with The Good Wife.

resnickInspired by the true story of Morellet, who in the early ’80s opened a restaurant in NY’s wild and woolly Meatpacking District, Florent will explore the light and dark of that time, as well as the craziness of a place that become a destination for everyone from NY’s literati to the neighborhood hookers and hustlers, the NYPD, and the burgeoning LGBT community — all through the eyes of Florent, played by Cumming (with advice from the real restaurateur himself). Morellet ran his idiosyncratic French diner for 23 years, until his landlord drastically increased his rent.

RosemaryRodriguezDirectorExecutive producing the comedy are Resnick, Rodriguez, and Jonathan Baruch & Howard Braunstein of Story By Entertainment. David Sigal, who directed the 2010 documentary about the diner, Florent: Queen of the Meat Market, co-executive produces alongside his producing partner Michael Tive of Magic Lantern Pics. Cumming serves as producer.

Cumming, who has received three Emmy nominations for his role as Eli Gold on Good Wife, is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment. Resnick is with ICM Partners and Baruch.