Melissa Rosenberg’s Tall Girls Production has sold drama Sleepless, based on the novel Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun, to Hulu, with Mike Cahill (I Origins, Another Earth) set to write and direct the adaptation.
Sleepless is one of two series projects Tall Girls Prods. has set up at linear/digital networks, along with comedy The Mighty Camilla by newcomer Allison Keissling, which is in the works at TV Land. Both projects hail from ABC Signature, the cable division of ABC Studios where Tall Girls has a deal, with the company’s Rosenberg and Kate Schumaecker executive producing.
As a showrunner, Rosenberg is busy working on Marvel’s Jessica Jones series for Netflix, which she created and executive produces. The superhero series premieres Nov. 20. Rosenberg called Jessica Jones “a perfect example of the kind of shows the Tall Girl brand stands for — centered on an interesting, complex deeply flawed character played by a woman.”
Sleepless chronicles the outbreak of an insomnia epidemic, with the story told intimately through the eyes of an ensemble of complicated characters. It is envisioned as a potential ten-episode continuing series, with the intention of Cahill writing and directing all or most of the episodes in the first season. Rosenberg had optioned the book and brought in Cahill who wrote the adaptation on spec before the two took it out. Cahill is currently rewriting the pilot and writing a second episode.
The Mighty Camilla, which Kiessling originally wrote on spec was set up at TV Land in August with an order for a second script after being developed at ABC and ABC Studios last season. The half-hour, character-driven dramedy centers the stalled life of an every-woman, New York social worker, who gets recruited by a handsome man from the future as the unlikely savior of humanity. Keissling is currently rewriting the pilot and writing the second episode.
On the feature side, Twilight scribe Rosenberg and Tall Girls Prods recently joined the Fox 2000 feature Scarpetta as a producer. Written by Liz Friedman, whom Rosenberg has tapped as her No.2 executive producer on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, the film is based on the hugely popular novels by Patricia Cornwell. Mark Gordon and Geyer Kosinski also serve as producers.
Rosenberg is repped by 3 Arts, UTA and attorney Jeanne Newman.