11:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
Kevin Spacey and Megyn Kelly Developing White House TV Drama
Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti have inked a first-look deal between their Trigger Street shingle, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios — and the first project they're developing is a doozy.
The Resident, which reads like a cross between Downton Abbey and House of Cards, follows the relationships between White House residence staffers and the various First Families that come into the famous address over the course of several administrations. And, in her first scripted effort, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is on board as a co-executive producer.
Interest in beltway drama is not waning. Should The Resident ultimately go to series, it would join a slew of Washington D.C.-set scripted fare on the air — House of Cards, Veep, Madam Secretary, Scandal and The Brink among them.
This first project is being eyed for cable, where it will be produced by Fox 21 TV Studios. (Trigger Street projects under the two-year Fox deal targeting broadcast will be produced by 20th Century Fox TV.)
"Kevin and I are always looking to align Trigger Street with entities that understand what we expect to accomplish and how to maximize all resources to produce the best content possible," said Brunetti. "Our past and current projects demonstrate how we do things differently and partner with who we feel are the best at what they do. Trigger Street and Fox have the makings of a powerful team, and we look forward to our upcoming projects.”
With a feature resume that includes Captain Phillips and The Social Network, the new deal marks a big move into scripted television for Trigger Street. Previous TV efforts include HBO telepics Bernard and Doris and Recount and, of course, Spacey Netflix vehicle House of Cards.
“Trigger Street is the rare combination of a producer that's smart, aggressive, has great taste, and is a talent magnet," said Fox 21 Television Studios president Bert Salke. "This is exactly the type of partner we look for.”
"Kevin and Dana’s body of work — from House of Cards, The Social Network and Captain Phillips, just to name a few — is mind-blowing and aligns perfectly with our studio’s commitment to great storytelling and undeniable content," added 20th Century Fox Television creative affairs president Jonnie Davis. "We are so excited to get going with Trigger Street and create some great television.”
The Resident is another feather in Kelly's cap. The popular anchor's profile has continued to climb since FNC moved her to primetime in 2013 — where she's now the No. 2 telecast in all of cable news.