“Babel” director Alejandro González Iñárritu is in talks to cast Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris for his upcoming TV project “One Percent.” The show, which the Mexican director co-created with Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone and Armando Bo, will be produced by Media Rights Capital (MRC). Read further to learn more about this production.
“One Percent” is set in an organic farming community. The characters of Helms and Swank are married to each other, and they are working to keep their farm business stay afloat, until a bizarre incident changes everything. Harris will play the family patriarch.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, MRC is set to shop for a viable network this August from which “One Percent” will air. The production is looking to get a series order from any cable channel, whether on basic and premium networks or streaming services. MRC did the same strategy for its previous productions, such as the Emmy-nominated series “House of Cards” and the Seth McFarlane comedy “Blunt Talk” that will soon debut on Starz.
Iñárritu is the first Mexican to receive a Best Director nomination at the Oscar’s for “Babel,” which MRC also produced. The esteemed director also subsequently won at the Cannes Film Festival for the same film in 2006. He has just wrapped up directing the movie “Birdman,” Michael Keaton’s comeback vehicle, which also stars Edward Norton. The black comedy will be shown at the Venice Film Festival and the New York Film Festival before a commercial run.
“One Percent” was initially announced as under development in November 2013. Should production proceed with the stars agreeing to the deal, this will be Helm’s next TV show three years after “The Office” on NBC. This will also bring back Swank to television. The two-time Oscar-winning actress was part of the 1990s “Beverly Hills 90210” teen drama on FOX before going big time at the movies. On the other hand, this will be the first leading TV role for Harris.
And that’s the news about Iñárritu’s foray into TV with “One Percent,” starring Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris. Keep checking back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates about this project.
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