Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) has signed on to direct USA Network’s drama pilot Poor Richard’s Almanack. Jordan Hayes (Helix) is set for a starring role in the project from writers Jim Danger Gray (Orange is the New Black) and Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones), Legendary TV and Universal Cable Prods.
Weaving between modern day and a possible future where characters have changed radically, Poor Richard’s Almanack is described as an edge-of-your-seat character thriller about a cadre of heroes who emerge as the new “Founding Fathers” after America is pushed to the brink of collapse. Hayes will play Madison Fischer, a paranoid schizophrenic who sees patterns where others don’t. When she stumbles upon a plan for a series of terrorist attacks, she has to convince her CIA agent brother to look past her affliction and trust her.
In addition to his directing duties, Marshall will serve as an executive producer on the project alongside Gray. Marc Helwig, Marshall’s partner at AppleBox Entertainment, will also executive produce, while Sapochnik serves as consulting producer. Marshall and Helwig’s involvement in Poor Richard’s Almanack stems from the first-look deal Applebox, launched by Marshall and Helwig earlier this year, has with Legendary Television.
Marshall was nominated for an Emmy in 2014 for directing the GOT episode “The Watchers on the Wall.” He also has directed episodes of Westworld, Hannibal, Constantine, and Black Sails and has the feature Tales of Halloween set for release in theaters and VOD on October 16. Marshall is with Principato Young Entertainment. Applebox Entertainment is repped by WME. Montreal-born Hayes is repped by Thruline Entertainment, ICM Partners and Amanda Rosenthal Talent.