After some bidding from different networks and online distributors, Showtime has landed the upcoming George Clooney project The Studio.
Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures are backing the upcoming drama about the ’90s movie business. One of the first TV deals of 2015 indicates a continuing interest in period dramas like AMC’s Mad Men and Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Showtime might also be indulging another theme in showbiz shows with the Matt LeBlanc comedy Episodes about the television industry, having been the channel’s asset for four seasons now.
Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan will write the upcoming show with recent wrestling drama Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller attached as well. While The Studio is only in development at the moment, the project has a penalty deal attached which increases the likelihood the show will get on air.
The show chronicles a movie studio in the early ’90s negotiating corporate interest for potential deals. The two friends who run the studio see their lavish lives clash with conglomeration, prompting friction internally as well as externally. Any viewer of Mad Men will be able to guess the amount of underhanded deals and power plays in a big business show like The Studio.
The other TV shows executive produced by Clooney like 2000’s Fail Safe or 2005’s Unscripted have not left much of a mark, but with the support of Tolan and Miller, this show is looking pretty promising.