Selena Gomez is set to executive produce a scripted drama inspired by her own life experiences for Lifetime, which also is executive produced by Trigger Street’s Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti. The project is among the highest-profile entries on the network’s development slate, which is being unveiled today in conjunction with Lifetime’s upfront presentation. It also features the Shakespeare-themed horror drama A Midsummer’s Nightmare, which I hear has been heating up for a pickup after a year and a half in development at the network.
Search is underway for a writer to pen the untitled Selena Gomez project, which draws from the young actress’ experience navigating a career in Hollywood as seen through the eyes of her friends who quickly become her most trusted inner circle. The drama, which draws parallels to the HBO comedy Entourage, inspired by executive producer Mark Wahlberg’s life as a young Hollywood actor surrounded by his close friends, is also executive produced by Mandy Teefey, Samantha Droke and Troy Searer for A+E Studios and Trigger Street.
A Midsummer’s Nightmare (working title), which was originally set up at Lifetime in 2014, is an anthological concept where each season takes a classic Shakespearean tale and twists it into a modern-day horror-mystery. A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspires the first season as two young lovers escape their lives on a romantic getaway into the woods until their journey takes an unexpected twist when their friends arrive trying to lure them back home. Something hiding in the forest has other plans, however, and they are targeted one by one while a thrilling and desperate tale of survival unravels. Feature writer Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows) wrote the pilot script for the project, from A+E Studios and The Firm, with Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry executive producing.
Gomez has been ramping up her portfolio as a producer. She and Teefey also are executive producing Netflix’s upcoming series 13 Reasons Why, which has set Tom McCarthy to direct the first two episodes, as well as a Latina Empire drama in development at Freeform..