9:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Danny Boyle Inks Overall Deal at FX
A year after picking up 10-part miniseries Telemark, FX is expanding its relationship with Oscar-winning director-writer-producer Danny Boyle and his producing partner Christian Colson.
The duo, and their Telly Novella Productions banner, has inked a two-year first-look production deal with FX Productions, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Under the deal, the Slumdog Millionaire producers will develop television series and miniseries for FX Networks' channels FX, FXX and FXM. Boyle and Colson will continue to produce features via their Decibel Films and Cloud Eight Films banners under their long-standing deals with Fox Searchlight and Pathé.
The development pact reunites Boyle and Colson with Fox Networks Groups chairman and CEO Peter Rice, who during his time as president of Fox Searchlight, worked with the duo on Slumdog.
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Danny and Christian for many years, having worked with them on Slumdog Millionaire. Without question, they are two of the best and most talented filmmakers in this business. Their tastes and sensibilities mesh perfectly with FX Networks," Rice said.
Added FX's president of original programming Eric Schrier: "We are honored to be in business with Danny Boyle and Christian Colson who represent the gold standard in filmmaking. The demand for award-winning writers, producers and directors has never been greater and to be able to join forces with Danny and Christian is a landmark moment for FXP."
The deal comes a year after FX lands Telemark, a 10-part World War II miniseries from writer Simon Beaufoy, with Boyle and Colson attached to exec produce. The project marks the first American TV project for the trio, who previously teamed for James Franco starrer 127 Hours.
Boyle won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for directing Slumdog. He earned Oscar and Golden Globe noms for penning the screenplay for 127 Hours as well as an Academy Award nom for best picture. Colson produced both Slumdog and 127 Hours.
"I am personally delighted to be back in business with Peter Rice who has been such an important figure in my working life, and Christian and I are looking forward to this new adventure,” Boyle said.
Added Colson: “We hope to bring some big stories to the small screen and in Eric Schrier, Nick Grad and the outstanding business and creative team at FX we have found the perfect partners."
Boyle is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group in the U.K.
Boyle and Colson join Fargo's Noah Hawley, Louis C.K., Paul Giamatti and Nina Jacobson, among others, with overall deals at FXP.