NBC Developing Modern 'Wuthering Heights' With Greg Berlanti (Exclusive)
"The Whole Truth's" Tom Donaghy will pen the Napa-set adaptation, with Berlanti also teaming with "Gossip Girl's" Sara Goodman for a family drama set up at the network.
After seeing four projects go to pilot last year, Greg Berlanti is well on his start this development season.
The prolific producer has sold two dramas to NBC, including a modern take on Wuthering Heights, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Titled Napa, the hourlong drama will be written by The Whole Truth's Tom Donaghy, who will executive produce alongside Berlanti. Berlanti Television's Melissa Kellner Berman is on board to co-executive produce the hour, which has received a put-pilot commitment from the network.
Emily Bronte'sWuthering Heights was first published in the mid-1800s and revolves around the doomed love affair between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. NBC's take will be set against the backdrop of Napa Valley. Recent adaptations include ITV's 2009 two-part drama starring Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley, with The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln co-starring. The 1939 feature earned Academy Award nominations for best picture and star Laurence Olivier, among others.
In addition, NBC has also given a put-pilot commitment to Family Affair, a drama revolving around two families in a small Connecticut town who are thrown together when an accident claims the lives of a mother and father who were having an affair.
Gossip Girl's Sara Goodman will pen the script and executive produce alongside Berlanti, with Berman co-exec producing.
Both dramas hail from Warner Bros. Television, where Berlanti has an overall deal. The sales mark Berlanti's second and third sales this development season, joining an untitled medical drama with Supernatural scribe Sera Gamble set up at ABC. (Berlanti's drama Guilty, which was developed last year, is still in contention at Fox.)
Family Affair marks Goodman's second sale this season, joining Taboo, a soapy drama from Anthony Zuiker set up at ABC.
Heading into the 2012-13 season, Berlanti will have two series on the air: the CW's DC Comics adaptation Arrow, which bows in October, and CBS' cop drama Golden Boy, which is slated for midseason on CBS. USA Network, meanwhile, has yet to make a decision on the fate of Berlanti's limited series Political Animals.
Berlanti is repped by WME and Felker Toczek; Donaghy is with CAA; Goodman is with Bloom Hergott.