Starz acquires Penn & Roberts-led Gaslit series, Minus Hammer & Edgerton
Just over per year following the Watergate drama was initially announced to stay development at Universal Content Productions, Starz has acquired the Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River) and Julia Roberts (Homecoming)-starring anthology drama Gaslit.
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The first season, predicated on Slate’s award-winning podcast “Slow Burn’”s first season and produced by showrunner Robbie Pickering (Mr. Robot), is really a modern undertake Watergate that targets the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal – from Nixon’s bumbling, opportunistic subordinates, to the deranged zealots abetting and aiding their crimes, to the tragic whistleblowers who bring the complete rotten enterprise crashing down eventually.
“I’m so pleased to get the chance to talk about the heartbreaking, fascinating story of Martha Mitchell with the global world,” Pickering said in a statement. “Martha was the initial and loudest voice to speak out contrary to the bumbling criminality of a crooked Presidential administration and she was probably the most complicated public martyrs of the era. To get anyone ready to tell her story is really a dream. To be rendering it with Sam, Julia, Sean, Matt, Starz and ucp seems impossible. I’m on the moon.”
The whole story will focus on Martha Mitchell, played by Roberts. A large personality having an bigger mouth even, Martha is really a celebrity Arkansan socialite and wife to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell, played by Penn. Despite her party affiliation, she’s the initial person to sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate publicly, causing both Presidency and her personal life to unravel. As Attorney General, Mitchell is most trusted advisor and companion Nixon’s. Temperamental, foulmouthed and ruthless – yet hopelessly deeply in love with his famously outspoken wife – he’ll be required to select from Martha and the President.
“In Gaslit, we not merely get the chance to tell an unbelievable untold story in bringing Martha Mitchell’s historic role in Watergate to the forefront, but we have been also incredibly lucky to get a dream cast including Julia and Sean and the very best creative team and partners we’re able to have asked for,” Christina Davis, President of Original Programming for Starz, said in a statement. “We’re able to not become more excited to create this story to the global Starz audience and continue the network’s commitment to spotlighting premium stories that interest women while super serving our core audience.”
In addition to Pickering and director Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic), the series will undoubtedly be executive made by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) under his overall cope with UCP and Chad Hamilton (Mr. Robot) under their Esmail Corp. production banner, Roberts via her Red Om Films label, Anonymous Slate’s and Content Gabriel Roth and Josh Levin. It marks a reunion between Esmail and Roberts following the two worked together on the Golden Globe-nominated first season of Amazon’s Homecoming.
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Alongside Roberts and Penn, the series was originally set to co-star Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Boy Erased) as Nixon’s former White House Counsel attorney John Dean and former FBI agent and chief operative of Nixon’s White House Plumbers unit G. Gordon Liddy, though sources report that both roles are increasingly being recast.
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