Thursday, January 10, 2019

Facebook Watch Explores "Mormon Love" in New Docu-Series

Facebook Watch is to explore teen life and dating in a Mormon community in Utah for its latest doc series.

The digital platform has commissioned Mormon Love from House Hunters International producer Leopard USA and is launching the multi-part series on January 13.

The show will look at what it’s like to date within the LDS Church, following four different stories of young Mormon love. Filmed across the summer, the Facebook community will see the stories of Josie, Garrett, Lexi, Jesse and Braxton unfold as they try to navigate growing up, their religion and the search for their soulmates.

Executive Producers are James Burstall, Rick de Oliveira and Jillian Brand. Leopard USA, which also produces DIY Network’s Big Beach Builds, is owned by British production group Argonon.

Burstall, CEO of Leopard USA and Argonon Group said, “This is a significant project for Leopard USA and we’re delighted to be producing this ground-breaking series on Facebook Watch. It’s a huge privilege to be invited into the LDS Mormon Church. We look forward to showing the fascinating true stories of a uniquely vibrant and warm group of young adults finding their way in a world that’s constantly applying pressure on the devout who care very deeply about their faith, and as a result, want to engage social conversation.”

"Bird Box" Screenwriter Eric Heisserer Adapting Detective Thriller at Hulu

Hulu is in early development on a series based on “Simultaneous,” a short story by Arrival & Bird Box screenwriter Eric Heisserer. Word is Hulu struck a 6 figure penalty deal in order to pick up the project, which is described as a cerebral detective thriller involving regenerative past lives. Colby Day has been tapped to write the adaptation.

Heisserer & Lawrence Grey, both of whom produced the $148 million worldwide-grossing horror film Lights Out, along with James Wan, will produce “Simultaneous” for Hulu.

Heisserer is coming off of the success of Netflix’s postapocalyptic thriller Bird Box, which was viewed by more than 45 million accounts over the holiday period. The Oscar-nominated scribe co-wrote the screenplay for Sony’s Bloodshot, the Vin Diesel starrer based on the comic book series, which is due out in 2020.

Day, repped by UTA, LBI Entertainment, and Morris, Horn, Barnes, perhaps is best known for his Black List script In the Blink of an Eye. He also penned the film adaptation of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s sci-fi novel, Children of Time, for Lionsgate.

"The Good Fight" Casts Tamberla Perry In Season 3

APB alumna Tamberla Perry has booked a key recurring role opposite Delroy Lindo on the upcoming third season of CBS All Access series The Good Fight. She’ll play Charlotte Hazlewood, a stylish and unpredictable judge who becomes involved with senior partner Adrian Boseman (Lindo).

The Good Fight, a spinoff from CBS’ acclaimed drama The Good Wife, hails from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. It stars Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi and Delroy Lindo.

Perry was a series regular in the role of Officer Tasha Goss on Fox’s APB. She had a major recurring role on the fourth season of Bosch and recurs on the current season of ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. Perry is repped by Stewart Talent and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.