Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke Ink Overall Deal at Fox TV Studios
Fox Television Studios is getting into business with Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke.
The studio has inked an overall deal with the Academy Award-winning director and his longtime producing partner to develop and produce TV series for cable.
“Bob and Jack are a rare breed, as gifted and accomplished creatively as they are in production,” said Fox TV Studios president David Madden. "We are excited and determined to make them as much of a dynamic brand in television as they are in film."
He continued: “I take particular personal pleasure in forming this new relationship with Bob, whom I worked with as an executive on his Romancing the Stone, and with Jack, whom I made so many deals with during his years as a superstar directors' agent at CAA. So we’re looking optimistically back to the future.”
Zemeckis, Rapke and partner Steve Starkey formed ImageMovers in 1998. The company -- which inked a two-year first-look film producing deal with Universal in 2011 after its unceremonious exit from Disney -- has been primarily focused on film fare, including Tom Hanks’ Cast Away, Harrison Ford’s What Lies Beneath and motion-capture effort The Polar Express. On the small screen, the banner is behind Showtime’s The Borgias, a costume drama that's in production on its third season. Zemeckis and Rapke serve as executive producers.
Prior to the formation of ImageMovers, Zemeckis directed such films as Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future trilogy. Up next: Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle’s live-action movie Flight, due in theaters in November.
For its part, Fox TV Studios is best known for producing such cable efforts as USA’s Burn Notice and White Collar, A&E’s The Glades and AMC’s recently canceled The Killing. Zemeckis and Rapke will join other FTVS writer-producers including White Collar's Jeff Eastin and Burn Notice's Matt Nix.
Zemeckis and Rapke are repped by CAA and Gang, Tyre.