5:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Smash' Duo Developing Bonnie & Clyde, Anna Nicole Smith, Warren Jeffs Projects
Smash's Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are keeping extremely busy.
The uber-producers and their Storyline Entertainment shingle recently inked a new two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop TV movies and miniseries and are readying two high-profile projects,The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
For History Channel, Zadan and Meron are readying a miniseries revolving around Bonnie & Clyde.
The network, which found record-setting ratings success and Emmy recognition for its Hatfields and McCoys miniseries, is developing a four-hour effort about the famed outlaws, with writing duo John Rice and Joe Batteer (Windtalkers).
Meanwhile, Rice and Batteer will pen an Anna Nicole Smith biopic for the duo at Lifetime, with Art Monterastelli on board to write a TV movie about the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' jailed leader Warren Jeffs.
Judith Verno will executive produce both projects with the Zadan and Meron. For Lifetime, the two TV pics continue their relationship with Zadan and Meron, who executive produce Drop Dead Diva and are developing a remake of Steel Magnolias for the female-skewing network.
The three projects join a busy slate of projects in various stages for the duo, who executive produce NBC's Smash. Zadan and Meron, in addition to their SPT pact, recently signed an overall deal for TV series and specials with Universal Television and NBCUniversal.
They're also readying a live broadcast special of the 1959 stage musical The Sound of Music, which will likely premiere around the holidays on NBC.
Zadan and Meron are repped by CAA and Morris Yorn.