HBO has opted not to proceed with Open, Ryan Murphy’s racy drama pilot. The news comes on the heels of Murphy’s other project with HBO, AIDS film The Normal Heart, winning the Emmy for best TV movie. “After such a triumphant collaboration with The Normal Heart, everyone felt that Open was not the right next step for all involved,” said HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo. “However, we fully expect to work together again in the near future.”
Speculation about Open possibly not going forward first surfaced shortly after The Normal Heart premiered in late May, but the discussion and final decision were tabled until after the Emmy Awards. There was talk about possible tweaks to the pilot, which ultimately didn’t happen. Open, which Murphy co-wrote with Lauren Gussis, is described as a provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. It revolved around five central characters played by Michelle Monaghan, Scott Speedman, Wes Bentley, Anna Torv and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
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