Hulu is finalizing deals for pilot orders to Citizen, a supernatural drama from Me And Earl And The Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and When The Street Lights Go On, adapted from the Black List feature script by writers Chris Hutton and Eddie O’Keefe, sources say. Both projects hail from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content and stem from the two companies’ first-look deal.
Created, written and executive produced by Gomez-Rejon, Josh Pate and Nicholas Schutt, Citizen is described as a fresh take on the hero origin story blending elements of magical realism and gritty vigilantism set against the backdrop of a vibrant, “supernaturalized” Los Angeles. Anonymous Content’s David Kanter, Matt DeRoss and Steve Golin also executive produce.
Hutton and O’Keefe’s When the Street Lights Go On screenplay ranked second on the 2011 Black List behind The Imitation Game. A few months later, Anonymous Content came on board to produce the feature with documentary helmer Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays In The Picture) set to direct. Morgan is still attached and will direct the pilot. He, Hutton and O’Keefe (Shangri-La Suite) executive produce alongside Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton, Tariq Merhab, Michael Sugar and Steve Golin.
In the vein of Stand By Me, When The Street Lights Go On is a coming-of-age thriller about a sleepy, suburban town that is rocked by the brutal murder of a high school girl and her teacher in the summer of 1983.
Under the three-year first-look deal Paramount TV inked with Anonymous Content in 2014, the companies also have TNT’s straight-to-series drama The Alienist, based on Caleb Carr’s novel, with director Cary Fukunaga; and two straight-to-series projects, Thirteen Reasons Why at Netflix, executive produced by Selena Gomez, and Berlin Station at EPIX. Additionally, the two companies are developing a series based on Rachel Kushner’s book Telex From Cuba being created by Carol screenwriter, Phyllis Nagy; Legbreakers, an English-language version of the hit Swedish drama series Torpederna; and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory, based on Caitlin Doughty’s memoir.
Anonymous Content has two features nominated for a best picture Oscar, The Revenant and Spotlight, with The Revenant also winning best picture drama at the Golden Globes where the company’s series Mr. Robot was named best drama series.