USA Sets ‘Elements,’ Canadian Series Adaptation With James Frey & Amblin TV

Babel Films

USA Network has put in development Elements, a high-concept drama from writer James Frey and his Full Fathom Five, Amblin TV, Intrigue and Universal Cable Prods.

Written by Frey, Elements is based on Babel Films’ French-language Canadian film/web series Time Out (Temps Mort). It follows the aftermath of an extreme environmental shift across the world. On a beautiful day in Miami, it starts to snow, and doesn’t stop — leaving the world frozen as one man searches for his fiancée before the world falls into complete stasis.

This would mark the TV writing debut of Frey, who started off as a feature scribe with 1998’s Kissing a Fool before embarking on book writing, including his controversial debut novel A Million Little Pieces. He then launched the YA publishing company Full Fathom Five, which has been leveraging its IP into producing TV series and movies.

Elements reunites Full Fathom Five and Amblin TV, who recently collaborated on the TNT pilot Lumen.

Executive producing the Elements pilot are Full Fathom Five’s Frey and Todd Cohen, Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank and Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil. Lucas Carter is a consulting producer.

The Canadian original, from director Eric Piccoli as well as Henry Gagnon and Marco Frascarelli , was nominated for a digital series International Emmy this year. Here is a trailer in French:

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