Felicity co-creator Matt Reeves is coming back to television with a two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV for his production company 6th & Idaho to develop new series for network and cable. The agreement expands Reeves’ relationship with 21st Century Fox Filmed Entertainment as his company is under an overall deal on the film side.
Reeves already has sold his first project under the 20th TV pact, drama In the Wild, written by Natalie Krinsky (Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl), which has been set up at Fox.
Since Felicity ended its four-season run in 2002, Reeves — who created and executive produced the the cult WB dramedy with J.J. Abrams — has been focused on feature directing, helming Abrams’ Cloverfield and most recently Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. He also is attached to co-write and direct the next Planet Of The Apes movie for 20th Century Fox.
“This exclusive deal with Matt is one of the great ‘gets’ for this studio,” said 20th TV President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis. “(20th TV Head of Drama) Michael Thorn and I have been chasing him for years because he can quite literally do it all: What other showrunner can say they created one of the all-time great romantic dramedies in Felicity and then went on to write and direct the latest Planet Of The Apes feature? Matt has that rare combination of brilliance and heart, and on top of it all, he happens to be one of the kindest, most down-to-earth guys you will ever meet.”
Written/executive produced by Krinsky based on an article by Nellie Bowles published in The California Sunday Magazine titled “The Real Teens Of Silicon Valley” (read it here), In the Wild is described as an emotional, poignant, coming-of-age show. It chronicles the almost-adult lives of the industry’s newest recruits as they learn how to live on their own for the first time while navigating the high stakes VC tech world. Reeves and Adam Kassan (End Of Watch) executive produce through 6th & Idaho. Bowles’ article was found by 6th & Idaho’s Director of Development Rafi Crohn.
On the feature front, Krinsky just adapted the New York Times best-selling novel I’ll Give You The Sun for Warner Bros. She is producing Ashley’s War alongside Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard, which Fox 2000 acquired in a bidding war. Krinsky also adapted the novel The Engagements for Fox 2000 and Pacific Standard. In TV, Krinsky developed Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons for HBO; adapted her own book Chloe Does Yale (Hyperion 2005) for MTV; and has developed for FX, Fox, and The CW.
6th & Idaho is repped by CAA, 3Arts, and Karl Austen. Krinsky is repped by CAA, Gotham Group and Dan Black.