10:30am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
'The Americans' Producer Joel Fields Joins FX's Fosse-Verdon Series
Joel Fields, the Emmy-winning former co-showrunner of The Americans, has joined FX’s upcoming Fosse/Verdon limited series as a writer and executive producer alongside Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Production on the series, starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams, begins this month in New York City. The new limited series will premiere on FX sometime in 2019.
Based on the biography Fosse written by Sam Wasson, the eight-part limited series will tell the story of the singular romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. He was a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors; she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Together, they changed the face of American entertainment — at a perilous cost.
Kail, Levenson, Miranda, Rockwell, Williams, George Stelzner and now Fields are executive producers of the project, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. Levenson, who will serve as showrunner, wrote the premiere episode, which will be directed by Kail. Actress, dancer and producer Nicole Fosse, the daughter of Fosse and Verdon, serves as co-executive producer and oversees The Verdon Fosse Legacy. In addition, co-producer Andy Blankenbuehler is the choreographer.
“It has been a true joy to have Joel join us in telling the story of these two complicated and fascinating people,” said Levenson. “Joel is not only a brilliant writer and producer, but someone who shares our passion for the singular work that Bob and Gwen created and the incredible legacy they left behind. We feel immensely lucky to have him as a partner.”
“Who would've thought that a driving force behind one of our favorite TV shows, The Americans, also re-wrote the libretto in a recent production of Can-Can, the musical that made Gwen Verdon a star in the 1950s? It doesn't seem possible, except that it is — and his name is Joel Fields,” added Kail. “We've had such fun working over the last few months with this wonderfully talented writer and producer who also happens to be a human being of the highest quality.”
“The chance to work with these extraordinary artists over the past months has been a gift,” said Fields. “It’s a story we’re all obsessed with as musical theater and film geeks (we can literally quote the source material from memory, as it’s all in our hard-drives from childhood) and at the same time it’s as universal and moving and relevant today as ever. I am truly so grateful to Tommy, Steven and Lin for bringing me on board and count myself very lucky to be working with them and Sam and Michelle on this amazing creative journey!”
Prior to The Americans, Fields served as a writer and executive producer on Ugly Betty, Commander in Chief and Over There. In addition to his TV credits, Fields is also a playwright. His original play How I Fell in Love premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and ran in New York at The Abingdon Theater Company. Fields has an overall production deal with FX Productions. He and his fellow Americans showrunner Joe Weisberg are currently producing Breckman Rodeo, a drama series pilot for Freeform.
Fields is repped by CAA.