New Regency‘s television arm will be based at 20th Century Fox TV with an exclusive pod deal. Under the pact, New Regency will develop and produce projects for broadcast and cable networks. The agreement formalizes ongoing partnership between the two companies on a couple of projects, including The Kingkiller Chronicles, which was announced in July. Additionally, New Regency/20th TV’s development slate include series adaptations of the 2004 New Regency movie Man On Fire with writer David DiGilio and of graphic novel Cyclops with writer Todd Komarnicki, both set up at Fox. The pod deal also brings New Regency back into the Fox TV family. In its first incarnation, Regency Television was a co-venture between New Regency and Fox TV Studios, which is under the oversight of 20th TV chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden. This also marks a strategy course change for New Regency toppers Arnon Milchan and Brad Weston, who originally restarted a TV operation run by Andrew Plotkin last year as an independent company. “Arnon and Brad are master showmen with impeccable taste in material and fantastic relationships in the creative community,” Newman said. “The features they make share the same spirit of creative risk taking that is a hallmark of our studio, so it made perfect sense to align with them as they begin to develop for TV.”
All New Regency projects under the 20th TV deal will be executive produced by Milchan, Weston and Plotkin. New Regency and 20th TV first teamed for a Man On Fire series last summer, with the film’s director-producer Tony Scott on board, but the project was shelved following Scott’s death. The film starred Denzel Washington as John Creasy, a despondent former CIA operative-turned-bodyguard who goes on a rampage after Pita, a 9-year-old girl in his protection, is abducted. DiGilio is writing/executive producing the series project, in which Creasy reconnects with Pita 18 years after he saved her to dismantle the cartel responsible for ruining their lives. Based on the graphic novel, Cyclops will explore the human cost when war becomes entertainment. Komarnicki is writing, Alexandra Milchan also exec produces. Written/exec produced by Eric Heisserer, Kingkiller Chronicles is based on the fantasy/period book series chronicling the rise of the world’s most notorious magician. Robert Lawrence also exec produces. “With our recently announced and future TV projects, we want to work with the best in the business,” Weston said. “So we are thrilled to be partnering with Dana, Gary and the team at 20th to deliver audiences innovative, unique and exciting television that will also enable us to bring our strong feature filmmaker and talent relationships into the television space.”
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