Fresh from his big win at the recent Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for “Birdman,” Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu is set to film his first TV series on Starz by 2016. Read on for more about this news item.
Innaritu is attached as writer and director of the TV drama “One Percent,” which was given a ten episode series order by the cable channel Starz in July 2014, as MNGreported. The show, which stars Ed Harris, Ed Helms and Hilary Swank, tackles the story of a farmer (Helms) who experiences a weird encounter that would either save or destroy the family business. Swank will play the wife in this story, while Harris will play the father-in-law.
According to Variety, Innaritu and his “Birdman” staff Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris and Nicolas Giacobone have been working on the show’s script in New York in the months following the series order. Production is set to begin early next year, with the location of filming still unannounced. The creative team is also considering hiring more TV people to help with the technical aspects of production.
By the first quarter of 2016, filming for the show is expected to commence, which should work nicely with Innaritu’s busy schedule as one of the most in demand film directors. The Oscar winner is actually working on the movie “Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy next, and as early as now, industry experts are saying this will be another award-worthy movie.
“One Percent” is produced by Starz along with Media Rights Capital (MRC), which is also behind “House of Cards.” MRC has worked with Innaritu in the past, in the Oscar-nominated film “Babel.”
“One Percent” was first announced for development back in November 2013. This show will mark Helms return to TV after “The Office,” as well as Oscar winner Swank’s long overdue return to the small screen after “Beverly Hills 90210.” This series, however, is the first TV lead role for the Oscar-nominated Harris, who only did TV movies in the past.
Meanwhile, it’s not just Innaritu who is venturing into television after his Oscar win. Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette is also set to premiere her new TV show “CSI: Cyber” on CBS this March.
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