June 01, 2012 12:35pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Charlize Theron Shopping Modern-Day 'Hatfields & McCoys' TV Series (Exclusive)
Charlize Theron wants a piece of the Hatfields & McCoys pie.
Hot off the record-breaking viewership for History's original miniseries, the actress, under an overall deal with ABC Studios, is shopping a series that is described as a modern-day take on the feuding families, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Through her Denver and Delilah Productions banner, Theron and producers Dawn Olmstead (Prison Break) and Beau Flynn (Journey to the Center of the Earth) are taking their Hatfields & McCoys project to ABC, where they have a meeting scheduled for next week. John Glenn (Eagle Eye) is penning the project, with Theron currently attached only as a producer. Glenn's drama pilot, Identity, was passed over at ABC last year.
The news comes just days after History broke ad-supported cable viewership records with its three-part Hatfields & McCoys miniseries, which starred Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as patriarchs of America's most famous feuding families. Theron's project predates History's miniseries.
Wednesday night's conclusion brought in 14.3 million viewers, topping the previous broadcasts and becoming the most-watched nonsports event ever on basic cable. Monday's two-hour premiere pulled in 13.9 million viewers, but the number dipped to 13.1 million on Tuesday. In the key demographics, the finale collected a whopping 6.3 million viewers in adults 25-54 and 5.1 million adults 18-49.
For her part, Theron, thorough her Denver and Delilah banner, has been an active producer, with credits including features Young Adult, Sleepwalking and Monster. The Oscar winner has a handful of features in development as well as a small-screen effort -- Mind Hunter, with David Fincher -- in development at HBO.
Theron, repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson, is in the second year of her overall deal with ABC Studios. She stars in a pair of high-profile summer films: Snow White and the Huntsman, which opened June 1, and Prometheus, which bows June 8 domestically. Universal also recently picked up Theron's Agent 13.