Written/executive produced by Suits scribe Rick Muirragui and executive produced by Suits creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh, Paradise Pictures revolves around ambitious people striving to get to the top in 1940s Hollywood, when the dream factory was at its peak. Little do they know the challenges they’re about to face: the end of the studio monopolies, the blacklist and the disruptive new technology of television. The project stars Morgan Spector as Tom Kirby, the head of production at Paradise Pictures, a rising film studio in 1946 Hollywood.
I hear the pilot received high marks for its re-creation of 1940s Hollywood, but top USA/NBCU Cable brass were split on the project’s long-term prospects. However, producer UCP is said to be a believer in the period drama and has been been fielding some preliminary outside interest.
Paradise Pictures recently was joined by another period Hollywood drama pilot, Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, which is set in 1930s Tinseltown and also centers on a studio executive, played by Matt Bomer.
USA’s outsanding pilots include Falling Water, Poor Richard’s Almanack, Shooter and Brooklyn Animal Control.