Just ten weeks ago, Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move, a crime caper with a loaded cast, premiered at the Tribeca Festival. As he completes postproduction work on his next feature, KIMI—Zoë Kravitz plays an agoraphobic data analyst who discovers evidence of a violent crime—Soderbergh has now signed on to direct all six episodes of Full Circle, a limited series centering on an investigation into a botched kidnapping in New York. Full Circle will reunite Soderbergh with Ed Solomon and Casey Silver, the writer and producer, respectively, of No Sudden Move.
In 2003, Soderbergh created, directed, shot (crediting himself as Peter Andrews), and edited (as Mary Ann Bernard) his first series, K Street, a Sunday night drama on HBO. As Jennifer 8. Lee wrote in the New York Times,K Street lent “the profession of lobbying a bit of the frisson previously associated only with organized crime and funeral home management.” George Clooney produced, political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin starred, and another political consultant, Mark McKinnon, told Lee that “K Street has hit Washington like a bat hitting a bee’s nest.”
For many, though, Soderbergh’s finest work in episodic television remains The Knick, created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and set in and around a hospital in New York at the dawn of the twentieth century. Once again, Soderbergh called on the services of Peter Andrews and Mary Ann Bernard. The series ran for two seasons in 2014 and 2015, and last month, Barry Jenkins confirmed that he and André Holland, who starred in The Knick alongside Clive Owen, are “still working” on reviving the show with a third season.
Jenkins, of course, has had his hands full over the past several years realizing The Underground Railroad, the limited series adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel that premiered in May. Now Obie award–winning writer, actor, and singer Daniel Beaty is writing an adaptation of Whitehead’s 2009 novel Sag Harbor, which Touré, writing for the NYT, called “a coming-of-age story about the Colsonesque fifteen-year-old Benji, who wishes people would just call him Ben. He’s a Smiths-loving, Brooks Brothers-wearing son of moneyed Blacks who summer in Long Island and recognize the characters on The Cosby Show as kindred spirits . . . Benji may be an outlier, but he is not alone.”
In other news of series in the works, Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, the creators of The OA, are returning with Retreat, a limited murder mystery series. Meanwhile, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) will direct several episodes of Fleishman Is in Trouble. Taffy Brodesser-Akner is writing the nine-episode limited series, working from her debut novel about a divorced man in his forties who is just beginning to enjoy his freedom when his ex-wife disappears, leaving him with the kids.
We’ll wrap for now with two notable bits of casting news. Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Morticia Addams in Tim Burton’s Wednesday, and Chloë Sevigny has joined Elle Fanning and Colton Ryan in the cast of The Girl from Plainville, a series based on the real-life case of Michelle Carter, who was accused of encouraging her boyfriend—via text messages—to kill himself.
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