9:47am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Lifetime Orders Renee Zellweger Drama to Pilot
Lifetime has given pilot orders to Renee Zellweger's drama project, Cinnamon Girl.
The network on Wednesday announced the pilot pickup of the project created by the Bridget Jones' Diary actress, marking er second effort with female-skewing cabler following 2008's Living Proof.
Created by Zellweger and Anthony Tambakis (Warrior), Cinnamon Girl will revolves around four girls as they come of age during the cultural revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s in Los Angeles. The drama will explore Cassie, Lola, Penny and Lou's lives as they reach a crossroads of the era's political, artistic, social and sexual rebellions. The entry is loosely based on Zellweger's move from small-town Texas to Hollywood stardom.
Warrior's Gavin O'Connor will direct the pilot, with Danny Bramson (Jerry Maguire) on board to produce. Zellweger and Tambakis co-wrote the story with the latter penning the pilot.
In 2008 the Academy Award winner executive produced Living Proof, the true story of UCLA’s Dr. Dennis Slamon, who helped develop the breast cancer drug Herceptin.
Should Cinnamon Girl go to series, it would join scripted entries including The Client List, Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva and the recently acquired Marc Cherry series Devious Maids, which the network picked up after ABC passed on the project in May.