TNT announced this morning it has greenlit “The Alienist,” an eight-episode historical drama directed by “True Detective’s” Cary Fukunaga.
Based on Caleb Carr’s bestselling crime novel, the psychological thriller follows psychiatrist Laszlo Kreizler as he joins forces with a newspaper reporter, a police department secretary and Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to stop a serial killer stalking late 19th-century New York City. The project hails from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.
The cable channel also ordered pilots for “Animal Kingdom,” a crime drama from John Wells and Jonathan Lisco, and “Will,” a raucous series by longtime Baz Luhrmann collaborator Craig Pearce (“The Great Gatsby,” “Romeo + Juliet”) about a young William Shakespeare.
Here are official descriptions for those pilots:
“Will”: The wild story of young William Shakespeare’s arrival onto the punk rock theater scene that was 16th century London – the seductive, violent world where his raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side-shows. It’s the hot, contemporary, dangerous version of Shakespeare’s life, played to a modern soundtrack, exposing all his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance. Craig Pearce (“The Great Gatsby,” “Romeo + Juliet,” “Moulin Rouge”) wrote the pilot for Will, which is being executive-produced by Pearce, Vince Gerardis (“Game of Thrones,” “Flash Forward”), Howard Braunstein (“The Informant!,” “The Client List”) and Louise Rosager.
“Animal Kingdom”: When 17-year-old Josh moves in with his wild, free-wheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town, he is pulled into their life of indulgence and excess. But after Josh discovers that it’s all being funded by criminal activities, it suddenly becomes clear to him that joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle. This family crime drama comes to TNT from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, with Emmy winner John Wells (TNT’s “Southland,” “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Shameless”), Jonathan Lisco (TNT’s “Southland,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Damages,” NYPD Blue”), Andrew Stearn (TNT’s “Southland,” “The West Wing,” “Shameless,” “Third Watch”), David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom” film, “The Rover”) and Liz Watts (“Animal Kingdom” film, “The Rover”) serving as executive producers. Wells is set to direct the pilot from a script by Lisco. The project is inspired by the feature film produced by Watts and written and directed by Michôd.
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