EXCLUSIVE: Fox has bought The Beach, a drama based on the 1996 novel by Alex Garland and the 2000 movie directed by Danny Boyle and starring Leonardo Di Caprio. The project is being written by Andrew Miller, who penned the original script for the CW’s The Secret Circle and co-ran the series with Kevin Williamson. “It’s about a group of young people feeling disconnected and disenchanted from society who try to start over in paradise but discover that while creating the perfect world is hard, protecting it is even harder”, Miller said.
Fox’s sister studio 20th Century Fox TV, also sibling of movie studio Twentieth Century Fox that produced the movie, is producing the TV series project. In an extra connection, Peter Rice, until recently Fox Entertainment chairman who continues to oversee the broadcast network in his new bigger News Corp. TV role, was the 20th film executive overseeing the 2000 movie. WME-repped Miller’s involvement stems from a script deal he had at 20th TV. When approached with the idea, he jumped on board being fan of both the book and the movie, in which a Western backpacker teams with locals in search for a mysterious island.