Meeting yesterday was a great first step with new partners. I’ve handed the ball to their company to put together an analysis as to what has held this project back. The sentiment in the room was they felt lucky a project this good and so obvious a hit hadn’t already been made. They have infrastructure I just don’t have to get this information.
With that, we will reconvene and come up with the strategy for the networks we got to and with a package that creates a bidding situation for a slam dunk.
Some general notes:
Cast – They love the talent attached and will want to keep them attached. However, there is a general consensus that shifting may occur because a “movie star” will be necessary for all networks across the board. This is the strategy that got HATFIELDS & MCCOYS a greenlight to production after over two decades when Kevin Costner was attached.
Music – Remains exactly the same with the addition that we will pursue a companion reality show that leads to a televised live concert to kick off the release of the series designed by Jay DeMarcus and I entitled: “Let Freedom Ring: The Lost Music of the Civil War.”
My Production Team – Remains in place.
Director – Mikael Salomon remains in place for the series. However, there is a push at the networks to go after Holy Grail kind of Academy Award directors (a la David Fincher for HOUSE OF CARDS) for the pilot. This wouldn’t work with our production as we would be filming the entire season at once rather than episode by episode (which is cost prohibitive). However, I will be open to discuss if it becomes make or break. In any event, Mikael will remain as the series director. Read the rest of this entry