Inspired by America’s recent financial crisis, Whatever, Linda is a wickedly dark comedy set in 1978 about four disenfranchised secretaries on Wall Street who become the engineers behind the world’s most notorious Ponzi scheme.
The web series’ original co-creators Hannah Cheesman, who also starred, and Julian De Zotti will write and executive produce the TV series version, in which Cheesman will not be acting. MGC’s Gordon and Nick Pepper also executive produce, while the web series’ producers James Milward of Secret Location, Touchpoint Films’ Kevin Saffer, and Aberrant Pictures’ Mackenzie Donaldson will serve as producers. Cheesman and Donaldson previously worked with Manson on Orphan Black.
“Whatever, Linda vibrantly and wittily explores themes and conflicts that are still very relevant today: the feminist movement, an anti-establishment renaissance, and the lasting implications of Wall Street’s power over our economy,” Gordon said. “Graeme is a rare talent who seamlessly weaves drama, comedy, and mystery to create exceptional television, and we all know what he can achieve with an enticing storyline and strong female leads.”
The original web series, which debuted last year, has played at over 20 festivals and won 20 awards worldwide, including Best Drama Series at the International Academy of Web Television Awards (aka Web Emmys). The series was also nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards including two Best Actress nods and one for Best Web Drama. Here’s a trailer:
The TV adaptation stems from the corporate synergy between Secret Location and The Mark Gordon Co; both are co-owned by Entertainment One, which will handle international distribution.
Whatever, Linda comes on the heels of The Mark Gordon Co.’s announcement of The Barbary Coast, a period drama series directed and co-written by Mel Gibson, who will recur, and starring Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson.
In addition to the acclaimed BBC America clone drama series Orphan Black, which Manson co-created with director John Fawcett, Manson’s credits also include Endgame, Flashpoint, The Bridge and feature film Cube. Cheesman has also written short films Brunch Bitch and Cheese. De Zotti’s writing credits include the feature film New Year and short film Menage a Quoi?
Manson is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners in the U.S., and The Jennifer Hollyer Agency in Canada. Cheesman is with Paradigm and Rob Gomez Management in the U.S., and Amanda Rosenthal Talent in Canada. De Zotti is repped by Bohemia Group in the U.S. and Oldfield Talent Management in Canada. The deal with Mark Gordon Co. was negotiated by attorneys James Feldman and Jonathan Shikora on behalf of the creative team.