12:36pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Boardwalk Empire' Writer Sells Modern 'Sense and Sensibility' to CBS, Crime Drama Based on West Memphis Three to Fox
Boardwalk Empire's Margaret Nagle has sold a pair of dramas.
The Emmy-nominated writer has set up a modern Sense and Sensibility at CBS as well as the crime drama Paradise Falls at Fox.
The untitled Sense and Sensibility take is described as a modern reworking of Jane Austin's story set in the world of medicine, where three devoted sisters have their lives turned upside down when the father who abandoned them during their childhood returns, seeking more than forgiveness.
Nagle will write and executive produce the Warner Bros. Television drama, which has received a script order at CBS.
Paradise Falls, which hails from Universal Television Studios, revolves around a down-on-his-luck documentary filmmaker sent by a crime reality show to cover a trial of a heinous crime that has engulfed the town of Paradise Falls, Pa. As he looks into the facts, he uncovers corruption and deceit at every turn and realizes the case is merely a smoke screen for the town's twisted ambition for fame and profit.
Nagle will pen the script and executive produce. Oscar nominee and two-time Emmy winner Joe Berlinger will serve as a co-executive producer. Berlinger's HBO documentary series Paradise Lost helped spawn the worldwide movement to free the West Memphis Three from wrongful murder convictions. Paradise Falls is loosely based on his experience covering the case for nearly two decades.
Nagle is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Berlinger is with CAA and Brillstein.