August 12, 2014 10:25am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Starz Picks Up Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's TV Drama 'One Percent'
The premium cable network has picked up 10 episodes of the drama starring Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
One Percent is set in the world of organic farming. Helms will play Alfred Murphy, a member of a dysfunctional family struggling to keep their farm from financial ruin, until a bizarre twist of fate changes their lives forever. Swank will play Helms' wife, Laura Murphy, while Harris will play the family patriarch Nathaniel Cobb.
Inarritu (Babel) created the drama and will direct the first two episodes of the entry, which he co-created with Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Nicolas Giacobone and Armando Bo. They previously collaborated on Inarritu's latest film Birdman, with One Percent reuniting the Oscar nominee with Babel's MRC.
The One Percent marks MRC's third straight-to-series order — and second at Starz — joining Seth MacFarlane comedy Blunt Talk, starring Patrick Stewart. The banner also has drama pilot Knifeman in the works at AMC.
The drama was first announced in November, with additional casting underway for MRC, the studio behind Netflix's House of Cards. Starz will retain all domestic multiplatform rights, including television, home entertainment and digital.
For Starz, One Percent joins a roster of original scripted dramas including Black Sails, Da Vinci's Demons, Power and Outlander, with Flesh and Bone, The Missing, Blunt Talk and Survivor's Remorse all in the pipeline.
The news comes a day after Harris signed on to star in HBO's drama pilot Westworld, potentially giving him original dramas at two premium cable networks.