EXCLUSIVE: Michael Doneger has been set to write, executive produce and star in The Escort, an MTV drama pilot based on the 2015 feature Doneger co-wrote and starred in alongside Lyndsey Fonseca. Blake Goza and Mark DiCristofaro, who produced the film, will also serve as executive producers on the TV project.
The film, directed by Will Slocombe, centered on a sex-obsessed writer (Doneger) in need of a big story to land an editorial gig. After retaining the help of a beautiful, Stanford-schooled hooker (Fonseca), the two form a symbiotic relationship as he tags along on her tricks to research his article, while she covertly uses him as a quasi-bodyguard against her not-so-dear Johns. Soon their business deal becomes a friendship that evolves even further.
The Orchard released the pic in North America last year just before the comedy world-premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in the Muse section.
Doneger previously wrote, starred and directed the indie This Thing With Sarah. He is repped by APA, Underground and Ginsburg Daniels.