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Jonathan Demme to Co-Write HBO Pilot

by Chris Jordan, posted Feb 5th 2010 1:15PM
Jonathan DemmeJonathan Demme's next move? He's going to HBO, where the acclaimed director will team with author Walter Mosley on a small-screen version of Mosley's detective novel series, 'The Long Fall,' according to a report in Deadline Hollywood.

Demme and Mosely will co-write a pilot, which Demme will direct. The narrative of 'The Long Fall' centers around an ex-boxer who turns private investigator. The project will be executive produced by Demme and Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

Demme is the second big-name director HBO has signed up in the past few days. Late last night, the network announced that Oscar-winning writer-director Bill Condon ('Gods and Monsters'; 'Chicago'; 'Dreamgirls') is teaming with Cynthia Mort on a comedy called 'Tilda,' which delves into the world entertainment bloggers.Jonathan DemmeJonathan Demme's next move? He's going to HBO, where the acclaimed director will team with author Walter Mosley on a small-screen version of Mosley's detective novel series, 'The Long Fall,' according to a report in Deadline Hollywood.

Demme and Mosely will co-write a pilot, which Demme will direct. The narrative of 'The Long Fall' centers around an ex-boxer who turns private investigator. The project will be executive produced by Demme and Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

Demme is the second big-name director HBO has signed up in the past few days. Late last night, the network announced that Oscar-winning writer-director Bill Condon ('Gods and Monsters'; 'Chicago'; 'Dreamgirls') is teaming with Cynthia Mort on a comedy called 'Tilda,' which delves into the world entertainment bloggers.

Also upcoming is the World War II miniseries 'The Pacific,' executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese's 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Mind Hunter,' from 'Zodiac''s David Fincher.

'The Long Fall' will mark the second detective series on HBO. The network premiered 'Bored to Death,' about a likable loser author turned detective, last fall.

Demme should flourish on HBO. His best works (including 'The Silence of the Lambs' and 'Philadelphia') are layered, atmospheric and nuanced, qualities that seem at home on HBO. He's taken a turn away of late from dramatic work, focusing concert films (2006's 'Neil Young: Heart of Gold') and documentaries (the 2007 look at President Jimmy Carter, 'Man from Plains'). Yet his critically acclaimed work on the 2008 film 'Rachel Getting Married' perhaps signals that Demme's creative juices are going in this direction again.

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