Flurry of work for O'Bannon: 'Blur,' 'Prince


Veteran writer-producer Rockne S. O'Bannon has teamed with producer Warren Littlefield and reality wizards Magical Elves for "Blur," a drama project set up at ABC and Touchstone TV.

Additionally, O'Bannon has sold the one-hour spec "Prince" to Showtime.

"Blur," said to be in the vein of "Fantasy Island," is set behind the scenes of a company that specializes in creating elaborate fantasies for its clients.

It is inspired by real-life company Vascorp, whose executives are expected to receive executive consultant credits on the show.

Magical Elves, the company behind Bravo's "Project Runaway," had acquired the rights to Vascorp and approached Touchstone, which hooked them up with studio-based Littlefield.

Meanwhile, O'Bannon had a blind script commitment with the studio in conjunction with Littlefield, which is how he came on board.

In addition to writing, O'Bannon will executive produce the project with Littlefield and Magical Elves' Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz.

"Prince" is described as the "anti-'Lassie.' " It revolves around a family with a brilliant but malevolent dog.

In addition to picking up the O'Bannon spec, Showtime has ordered a second script of the project, which O'Bannon is writing and executive producing. The network declined comment.

O'Bannon wrote the 1988 feature "Alien Nation," which spawned a slew of TV movies and a TV series.

He also created the Sci Fi Channel series "Farscape."

O'Bannon, who most recently penned Sci Fi's miniseries "The Triangle," is repped by Bob Gumer of the Kaplan-Stahler-Gumer-Braun Agency.