DirecTV has teamed with Alcon Television Group, the TV division of Alcon Entertainment, for a drama series project that has been fast-tracked for a straight-to-series order. Titled Ice, the project was co-written by Oscar winner Ron Bass (Rain Man, My Best Friend’s Wedding) and Game Of Thrones co-executive producer Vince Gerardis (Jumper), with Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, Training Day) set to direct the premiere episode.
Ice, named after the slang word for diamonds, is a large-canvas character drama set in the treacherous and colorful world of diamond traders in downtown Los Angeles. Within the twisted labyrinth of memorable characters walks Alvy Simon, the diamond whisperer, whose genius for seeing the charisma in a stone will make him both a god and a target in this unique milieu. The streets and the underbelly of L.A. are familiar territory for Fuqua, who explored them in his 2011 movie Training Day.
Ice was developed internally at Alcon TV Group, and the finished pilot script was pitched to DirecTV. I hear the satcaster bought it up and ordered backup scripts. A writers room is expected to open in the next week or two, with the potential series for DirecTV’s Audience Network eyed to begin preproduction in March. Bass and Gerardis executive produce with Alcon principals Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Alcon TV president Sharon Hall. and DirecTV executives Chris Long and Bart Peters. Alcon TV’s Ben Roberts serves as producer.
Alcon TV Group has the upcoming 10-episode straight-to-series Syfy thriller drama The Expanse as well as Sinatra, a four-hour documentary for HBO directed by Alex Gibney and produced by Frank Marshall.
DirecTV recently renewed its first homegrown original series Rogue for two more seasons. Its latest original series, MMA drama Kingdom, debuts tomorrow.
Gerardis recently was tapped by Spike TV to write Red Mars, a scripted drama series based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s bestselling Mars sci-fi trilogy. Bass is repped by ICM Partners and Evolution Entertainment. Fuqua — whose latest successful collaboration with Training Day star Denzel Washington, thriller The Equalizer, has passed the $100 million box-office mark — is repped at CAA.