Hallstrom has 'New' TV deal


Lasse Hallstrom is making his foray into American television with the Fox drama pilot "New Amsterdam."

The Oscar-nominated director is set to helm and executive produce the Regency TV project from writers Allan Loeb and Christian Taylor.

Tentatively titled "New Amsterdam," the drama centers on a man cursed with immortality who works as a homicide detective in New York.

Hallstrom is executive producing the pilot with his producing partner Leslie Holleran, Loeb, Taylor and Loeb's producing partner Steven Pearl.

Hallstrom, who worked in television in his native Sweden for 10 years before coming to the U.S. in 1989, said he had been toying with the idea of venturing into U.S. television for years but that his feature schedule never permitted him to do a pilot.

With "New Amsterdam," he not only gets to go back to the medium where he started his career but also gets to tackle a new genre -- a detective drama.

"I was really intrigued by the writing," Hallstrom said. "I find it emotionally very strong with a very interesting lead character and a recognizable observation of human behavior."

Hallstrom was nominated for an Academy Award for directing the 1999 feature "The Cider House Rules" and for writing and directing the 1985 Swedish film "My Life as a Dog."

His feature directing credits also include "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "Chocolat," "The Shipping News" and "Casanova."

His latest film, "The Hoax," which stars Richard Gere, is slated to open April 6.

Hallstrom and Holleran are repped by CAA and attorney David Nochimson.