Bravo has put three more scripted series projects in development, including Rules Of Attraction, a high-concept adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis book, with Roger Avary, who wrote and directed the 2002 Lionsgate feature adaptation, writing. Lionsgate TV is producing. Also in the works is Shanghai, an ensemble drama centered on a group of ex-pats living in China written by M. Butterfly scribe David Henry Hwang. Amazon has a similar pilot, comedy Cosmopolitan, about the loves and adventures of a group of young expatriates in Paris. Bravo’s third project is Sweet Life, a family drama set in the Inkwell area of Martha’s Vineyard where affluent African Americans flock to vacation. Bravo recently greenlighted its first scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and Odd Mom Out, and set for development All the Pretty Faces, executive produced by Jennifer Garner. Here are descriptions of the three new scripted projects in development:
“Rules of Attraction”
Written by Roger Avary (“The Rules of Attraction,” “Beowulf”) for Lionsgate TV with Greg Shapiro (Zero Dark Thirty) serving as an Executive Producer
Inspired by the book and film of the same name, the high concept series takes the students and faculty at the fictional Camden College and unravels a murder mystery by telling the same story through 12 different points of view. Children of the 1%-er’s live as unhinged and wild adults in a Bret Easton Ellis world with seemingly no rules to hold these privileged few down.
Written by David Henry Hwang (“M. Butterfly,”” Chinglish”) for Lionsgate TV with Jordan Kerner (“Smurfs”) serving as an Executive Producer
Treading into unexplored territory, this first-of-its-kind television show is set in one of the fastest growing and wealthiest cities in the world. It’s a place where many come to succeed – but most fail – when they bump up against unexpected cultural barriers: “guanxi” (connections and relationships) and how much yuan you have trump traditional business practices and regulations. This ensemble drama is centered around an aspiring American fashion designer who moves to this decadent city with her ambitious but naïve husband only to be wooed by a powerful and fascinating Asian billionaire.
Written and executive produced by Amy Bloom (“State Of Mind”).
A real life paradise of bucolic cottages and Victorian mansions, Oak Bluffs is the place where, for four generations, the privileged have gone to summer. A one hour ferry ride from Providence, R.I., the “Inkwell” area of Martha’s Vineyard is the “go to” destination for upscale and affluent African Americans where amongst the visiting guests, you’ll find the Obamas, Spike Lee and the parents of Blue Ivy. Set against this backdrop, this class drama follows the Bennett family who having suffered a recent tragedy that almost tore the family apart, have come to this haven to rebuild their lives. It’s a summer that will forever change them as secrets resurface, romances begin, and a new family is born.