EXCLUSIVE: ABC, home of fairytale drama Once Upon A Time, has put in development another fantasy project with magical elements. A Kingdom Far Away hails from feature writer Justin Marks; ABC Studios, which is also behind Once Upon A Time; and Dan McDermott and Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s studio-based di Bonaventura Television. It is described as a fantasy adventure about a quirky family surviving together on a lawless frontier…a magical land where monsters are real, and one young woman’s unlikely destiny is about to change their lives forever. Marks, McDermott and di Bonaventura executive produce. Marks, repped by CAA, Madhouse Entertainment and Stephen Clark, wrote Syfy’s two-hour pilot Rewind.
It has been a busy second development season for CAA-repped di Bonaventura TV, which has sold four projects so far: Cleopatra, written by Michael Seitzman, which has a put pilot commitment at NBC, as well as mystery thriller Patron Saints written by Jeffrey Bell, Founding Fathers written by Rich D’Ovidio and A Kingdom Far Away — all at ABC. The company’s maiden development cycle yielded a midseason series order for thriller drama Zero Hour at ABC