Robert Zemeckis is making a major move into television, inking a deal with Fox TV Studios. Under the overall pact, the Back To The Future writer/director Zemeckis and his producing partner Jack Rapke will develop and produce original programming for cable through their company ImageMovers. “Bob and Jack are a rare breed, as gifted and accomplished creatively as they are in production; we are excited and determined to make them as much of a dynamic brand in television as they are in film”, said FtvS president David Madden. He notes that he has had a long-standing relationship with both Zemeckis and Rapke as he served as an executive on the Zemeckis-directed Romancing The Stone and made many deals with Rapke in his previous role as a top agent at CAA. “So we’re looking optimistically back to the future”, Madden quipped.

Zemeckis, Rapke and partner Steve Starkey formed their company ImageMovers in 1998. Primarily focused on movies, their first feature was box office hit Cast Away, directed by Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks. The company’s sole series credit to date is Showtime’s period drama The Borgias, now in production on its third season. With its cable focus, FtvS seems a good fit for Zemeckis whose previous series efforts have been primarily in cable, except for the Back To The Future kids cartoon. Before The Borgias, he executive produced anthology series Tales From the Crypt and Perversions Of Science, both for HBO. Zemeckis and Rapke, whose most recent film Flight, directed by Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington, opens November 2, are repped by CAA. Other high-profile pods at FtvS include Denis Leary and Jim Serpico’s Apostle.